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Health Policy Committee

Chair Dona J. Upson, MD, MA Albuquerque, NM
Vice Chair Sarah M. Lyon, MD Philadelphia, PA
Committee Member - Fellow Pavan Bhatraju Seattle, WA
Committee Member - CCR Representative Lee K. Brown, MD Albuquerque, NM
Committee Member Katherine R. Courtright, BA, MS, MD Ardmore, PA
Committee Member Sharron J. Crowder, PhD Fishers, IN
Committee Member Joe K. Gerald, MD, PhD Tucson, AZ
Committee Member - ATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA Chicago, IL
Committee Member - Fellow Jody Haddock, MD New Orleans, LA
Committee Member - ATS President-elect Marc Moss, MD Aurora, CO
Committee Member - CCR Representative Samya Z. Nasr, MD Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member - PAR Representative Kari L. Rosbeck Silver Spring, MD
Committee Member Dean E. Schraufnagel, MD Chicago, IL
Committee Member Stuart C. Sweet, MD, PhD Saint Louis, MO
Committee Member George D. Thurston, DSc Tuxedo Park, NY
Ex-Officio - Immediate Past President Atul Malhotra, MD La Jolla, CA
Staff Nuala Moore Washington, DC

The principal function of the Health Policy Committee is to serve as a resource for the staff of the ATS Government Relations Office and to advise the ATS Executive Committee and Board of Directors on issues of policy importance and priorities for ATS action. The Health Policy Committee strives to achieve health equality, and advocates for improved health and access to care for patients with critical illnesses and pulmonary and sleep-related conditions. It monitors federal healthcare legislation, policies, and regulations and provides federal agencies with expert knowledge to assist their efforts to improve the provision, funding, and coverage of services and support the prevention of respiratory disease. The Committee periodically develops position statements on proposed or existing federal healthcare policies when appropriate. Finally, the Health Care Policy Committee also reviews federal policies regarding pulmonary and critical care workforce needs and provides expert opinions in coordination with the Council of Chapter Representatives.

Benchmarks, 2016-2017
• Monitor key health policy issues, establish ATS positions and priorities, and develop new programs to educate and inform members about the impact of government policy on health care;
• Partner with the Education Committee, ATS Publications, Web Editor and appropriate staff to inform ATS membership about health policy issues relevant to our pulmonary, critical care and sleep membership, including periodic announcements (such as the Washington Letter), Health Policy and Public Health articles (Annals of ATS), web offerings or podcasts, and symposia at the International Conference;
• Work with the ATS Government Relations Office to establish priorities for Hill Day;
• In collaboration with ATS leadership, FERS and the International Health Committee, develop policy priorities regarding advocacy for global lung and sleep health and critical care services with an emphasis on inequalities in healthcare access, preventive and treatment services and provider education and training in developing and under-developed healthcare settings; priority issues will include tuberculosis, clean indoor/outdoor air and tobacco dependence;
• Monitor developments with the Affordable Care Act relevant to ATS membership;
• Collaborate with ATS staff, CCR, PAR, Environmental Health Policy Committee, Tobacco Action Committee and sister organizations (American Academy of Pediatrics, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids, etc) to develop a State Education/ Advocacy Network and identify state-level issues (e.g. Medicaid expansion, Clean Power Plan, comprehensive smoke-free laws, tobacco taxes) that can be advanced using local/regional education and advocacy. Activities will include ATS alerts, requests for editorials (with drafts provided), provision of expert testimony and identifying role models on individual and organizational levels. Such efforts could be a step towards more grass-roots advocacy;
• Identify ways this committee can engage junior members, including at the state level.