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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 M. Safwan Badr, MD Detroit, MI
Committee Member Alice M. Boylan, MD Charleston, SC
Committee Member Humberto Choi Cleveland, OH
Committee Member Sharron J. Crowder, PhD, RN Fishers, IN
Committee Member James H. Finigan, MD Denver, CO
Committee Member Joe K. Gerald, MD, PhD Tucson, AZ
Committee Member - CCR Representative Samya Z. Nasr, MD Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member Lynn F. Reinke, PhD, APRN,BC Edmonds, WA
Committee Member - PAR Representative Kari L. Rosbeck Silver Spring, MD
Committee Member Rosechelle Ruggiero Dallas, TX
Committee Member Stuart C. Sweet, MD, PhD Saint Louis, MO
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, 2017-2018:
Work with the other advocacy focused committees to determine methods to evaluate the effectiveness of the ATS advocacy efforts

• 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;

• Work with the editors of the Annals of ATS to expand coverage of public health and health policy issues;

• Partner with 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), web offerings, webinars or podcasts, and symposia at the International Conference;

• Work with the ATS Government Relations Office to establish priorities for Hill Day;

• Collaborate with the International Health Committee to develop policy priorities regarding advocacy for global lung and sleep health and critical care services with an emphasis on preventive and treatment services 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 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) on state legislative issues such as Medicaid, Clean Power Plan, comprehensive smoke-free laws and tobacco taxes that can be advanced using local/regional education and advocacy. Activities will include letters to the editor in local newspapers, meeting with state legislators and identifying role models on individual and organizational levels.

• Identify ways this committee can engage junior members, including at the state level.