Before and during each General Assembly Session, Consumer Health First works with the state’s elected officials and others to identify legislative proposals to advance health care reform in the state based upon our Principles.
As bills are introduced, Consumer Health First analyzes and categorizes them by importance. This ensures that we appropriately leverage our own resources and those of our members and partners to effectively pursue its mission. The list of bills is evaluated updated during the course of the General Assembly as bills are introduced and move through the legislative process.
Category #1 Bills are bills that address major reforms in the health care system. Consumer Health First actively advocates for these in ways that may include: (1) testifying before Senate and House Committees, (2) recruiting appropriate members to do the same, and (3) meeting with, or contacting legislators to urge their support. In addition, category #1 bills may include those that we have particular concerns about.
Category #2 Bills are related to the health care, but they are generally incremental rather than comprehensive advancements to our present system. Consumer Health First, as appropriate, may provide written testimony, or offer support through our member and partner organizations.