To provide policymakers with a factual and compelling account of the obstacles facing O&P patients and professional O&P care, please use the following guidelines.
Present facts, never mislead, and disclose what is not known. When describing obstacles, it is important to put a human face on the issue, however not to include information that would identify a particular patient. Time frame is important and depending on the issue, frequency of occurrence. If you have questions, please call or e-mail us. We want to hear from you.
The most effective means to communicate your message to policymakers is in person. During congressional recesses you may wish to visit your representative’s local office. This information can be found in the blue government pages of your local phone book.
One of the key ways to inform and educate your representatives is by inviting them to visit your patient care facility. For more information concerning patient care facility visits please contact NAAOP.
Faxing your message to your representatives also carries significant impact, followed by letter writing sent through US mail and finally by e-mail. A sample letter is provided below. You can find your representative’s contact information by viewing the get informed and get involved section of this site or by calling the Capitol switchboard (House: 202-225-3121 and Senate: 202-224-3121) and asking to speak with your representative.
How to Write a Letter to Your Representative
Your name and address
The Honorable (full name)*
Address of Senator or Representative
Subject (optional, see examples below)
- My patient was denied access to O&P care
- My patient was denied access to advanced technologies in O&P care
- My patient is suffering from substandard care at the hands of a unqualified provider
- My patients have benefited from orthotic and prosthetic intervention
- Professional O&P care improved my patient’s quality of life
- Professional O&P care prevented costly complications for my patients
- Shrinking reimbursements are threatening my practice
- Shrinking reimbursements have closed my practice
Dear Representative (last name):
In the first paragraph please identify yourself. Include your credentials (e.g. ABC certified and /or state licensed practitioner.) In summary form, explain to your representative why you are writing to him or her and what you hope to accomplish.
Describe your circumstances and list any obstacles preventing you from providing professional O&P patient care based on medical necessity. You may also want to provide examples of professional O&P patient care that are improving your patient’s quality of life. Give facts and timeframes to support your experiences.
Reiterate what you hope to accomplish and ask for a reply. Also, thank your representative for considering you viewpoint.
* For representative contact information see the get informed resource and faxing your message.
Providing NAAOP of a copy of your letter helps NAAOP to further represent you and your patients.
Fax a copy to (202) 785-1756.
E-mail a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send a copy to:
1501 M Street, NW
Washington DC, 20005-1700
Thank you for your support!