Meet Your Legislator
As a family physician, you are uniquely positioned to provide credible, on-the-frontlines feedback to your elected officials about how the state budget will affect your practice and the thousands of patients you treat. We've prepared all the information you need to set up a meeting, and help deliver a pro-family medicine message!
Step 1) Find your Representative
If you do not know who your state legislators are, go to the "Find your Rep" website.
Type in your home or work (or both!) address and it will give you the link to your legislator's website, where you can find the contact information for the district office closest to you.
Step 2) Complete the Meeting Request Letter
Complete the template legislative meeting request letter and fax it to your legislator’s office using the contact information found on his/her Web page. If there isn’t a fax number, call the office to find out the best way to send the request letter. Some offices may also allow you to email scheduling requests.
Step 3) Call and Schedule your Meeting
After faxing/emailing the letter, wait one day, then call the same office and confirm your request was received. Ask for the best available dates and times to meet. Don’t be concerned if you end up meeting with staff. Congressional schedules change unexpectedly and staff will communicate your concerns
- Be on time
- Bring business cards
- Bring a colleague if you find it helpful
- Dress respectfully; better to err on the side of overdressed than underdressed
- Know what you will say and rehearse at least 3 talking points
- Listen, as well as speak, much like you would with a patient
- Consider using specific patient examples to underscore your larger policy points. Legislators and staff connect with this information and it strongly conveys the “why” of your position.
- Know how long the meeting will be and adhere closely to that timeframe unless the legislator chooses to speak for longer
- Thank the legislator and staff
- Follow-up promptly with any promised materials (CAFP can help)
As a family physician, you are uniquely positioned to provide credible, on-the-frontlines feedback to your elected officials about how decisions made in Sacramento will affect your practice and the thousands of patients you treat. We've prepared all the information you need to set up a meeting, and help deliver a pro-family medicine, pro-patient message!