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Patient Advocacy – Tips & Tricks

Where to Start

Know Your Audience

Determine your representatives in the legislature. Be sure to include your legislators for your home address and for your practice locations. This tool makes it easy: Who is my legislator?

Do Your Homework

State and specialty medical societies are good starting points to learn about key issues impacting business, medicine, ophthalmology, and patient safety.

American Medical Association:

American Academy of Ophthalmology:

American College of Surgeons:

Medical Society of Virginia;

Getting to Know the Virginia Legislature

Speak Up - Tips for Contacting Your Legislators

Here are some tips for contacting your legislators

What about the US Congress?

Federal Legislation:

US House of Representatives:

US Senate:


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