Grassroots is an essential element of helping to proactively shape public policy. By maintaining contact with your legislators as important issues emerge, you help to provide a voice for not only yourself but more importantly others who will be affected like you. It is the responsibility of the community to band together and be certain that our message is heard by those who have the power to make a difference. If we fail to do so, then who will?
To effectively communicate your issues and concerns with lawmakers requires active participation. Lawmakers constantly have to make decisions and act on what they believe is in the best interest of their constituents which is you, your family, your neighbors, and your community. Who knows the interests of these individuals better than you? By becoming an active participant that reaches out to your lawmakers through consistent communication, you will help to provide particular insight into what it is that you, your family, your neighbors and your community really want and need.
To become part of the larger community of patients and families that share concerns regarding home and community based services in Ohio please sign up to be an active participant with Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice's Patients and Families. As an active participant you will receive special updates and calls to action as certain issues relating to home and community based services come before Ohio lawmakers.
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Ohio Department of Aging Rule-Making Process
Department of Developmental Disabilities Guide to Public Participation in the Rule-Making Process
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Guide to Public Participation in the Rule-Making Process
2009 March on the Statehouse
The Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice, along with its partners AARP, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the Ohio Association of Access Centers for Independent Living, and families of medically fragile children, brought a strong emphasis to our common message - that home and community-based care provides quality, cost effective care while allowing individuals to remain in the setting they prefer - home. With members of the press, legislators and care recipients in attendance, the message rang out that Ohio's health care consumers and their families need and deserve a choice when it comes to care.
To view the slide show of images from this event, please click here.
2009 March on the Hill
Ohio Council members and staff recently spoke with EACH and EVERY office of Ohio's U.S. Representatives and Senators on the benefits of home care and hospice and the importance of these much needed services, including three Representatives personally.
To view the slide show of images from this visit, please click here.