Advocacy Decision Tree: Federal, State or Local?
To decide which level(s) of government can help with your problem:
Answering this question may involve some research. For help, go to Research tips for the decision tree.
Did you learn about your issue from a government source or something that referenced a government program, e.g. a notice from the HUSKY program or Medicare about your benefits, a letter from your doctor about provider fees in Medicaid, about state plans for a health care program?
If you learned about your issue from a news report, which government sources did the reporter contact for information?
Is your issue related to one of these programs/areas?
These are general guidelines and the lines of accountability get fuzzy at times.
|Health insurance||Start with the State Healthcare Advocate|
|Public health||All three, start with state|
|Veterans’ health||Federal and State|
|Consumer protection||Start with the State Healthcare Advocate|
|Uninsured||Start with your state legislators Contacting elected officials|
|Prescription drug coverage||Start with the State Healthcare Advocate|
|Long term care||State|
|Mental health or substance abuse||Start with the state|
|Developmental Disabilities||Start with the state|
|Environmental health||Start with state|
|Access Health CT, Affordable Care Act coverage||State|
|Schools and school-based health||Local and state|
|Health care for persons with disabilities||Start with state|
|Health equity||State, federal|
|Professional practices in health care||State|
This is only a partial list – if your area is not included in one of these topics, go to Research tips for the decision tree.
For state issues -- Go to back to the Decision tree
If your issue is federal, some resources to help are:
Call your elected officials – Even if this is not about a vote, their offices can be exceptional resources in navigating governmental systems.
Connecticut’s US Senators:
Also, check the US government portal for information,
If your issue is local –
Find your Connecticut municipal government on-line here
Contact your city or town executive offices – Mayor, First Selectman, School Superintendent
Contact your local legislative representative(s) – City Council, Alderman
Or Contact your local public health department
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