Advocacy Resource Guide

The following websites and publications may be useful sources of additional information on advocacy. Many of the organizations' websites contain issue descriptions, updates, and talking points on current advocacy efforts. The governmental website "Thomas" is useful for tracking the status of legislation, reading actual bill language, and determining if members of Congress have sponsored or co-sponsored priority bills. Most members of Congress also have their own websites.

Federal Websites  
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Library of Congress information on bills in Congress (THOMAS)
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) (Formerly HCFA)
State Websites
State and local government information
Critical Partners    
American Hospital Association
Catholic Charities USA
Children's Health Matters
LeadingAge™ (formerly AAHSA)
NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Supportive Care Coalition
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Additional Resources for Advocacy Information
American Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Center for Budget Policy and Priorities
Families USA
Heritage Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Commonwealth Fund
The Kaiser Family Foundation

Please visit the e-Advocacy section of the CHA website to get assistance in your grassroots efforts. The program allows you to e-mail members of Congress or print a hard copy on your letterhead to be faxed. Form letters and speaking points also are provided for your personalization and use. e-Advocacy automatically identifies your members of Congress when you log in, providing you with photos, contact information, occupation information, staff information, committee rosters, and congressional leadership information. The program also provides health-related bill tracking and other resources.