Tips for Writing to Elected Officials
Contacting your elected officials is an important way consumers can let their voices be heard about health care concerns and reform issues. How should you begin? It is easy! Start with USA.gov to find federal and state officials. If you aren’t sure who your elected officials are in your district, you can find out here.
- Be courteous and respectful, not overly flattering.
- Clearly and simply state the purpose of your letter. If it's about a certain bill, identify it correctly. Your letter should address a single topic or issue.
- Identify yourself. Anonymous letters go nowhere. Even in email, include your correct name, address, phone number and email address. If you don't include at least your name and address, you will not get a response. State any professional credentials or personal experience you may have, especially those pertaining to the subject of your letter.
- Keep your letter short – one page letters, or better yet, a postcard, are best.
- Provide specific rather than general information about how the topic affects you and others. Use examples or evidence to support your position.
- Clearly state what it is you want done or recommend a course of action.
- Thank the official for taking the time to read your letter.
- Don't let your passion get in the way of making your point.
- Do not demand a response.