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Health Policy Committee

Chair Sarah M. Lyon, MD Philadelphia, PA
Vice Chair Stuart C. Sweet, MD, PhD Saint Louis, MO
Committee Member Alice M. Boylan, MD Charleston, SC
Committee Member Humberto Choi Cleveland, OH
Committee Member Joe K. Gerald, MD, PhD Tucson, AZ
Committee Member Patricia A. Lerwick, MD Portland, ME
Committee Member Anne Mainardi, MD New Haven, CT
Committee Member - CCR Representative Manoj J. Mammen, MD, ATSF Buffalo, NY
Committee Member Kunal Patel, MD, PhD Chapel Hill, NC
Committee Member Lynn F. Reinke, PhD, APRN,BC, ATSF Seattle, WA
Committee Member Amen Sergew, MD Denver, CO
Committee Member Tonya Winders Vienna, VA
Staff Nuala Moore Washington, DC

The principal function of the Health Policy Committee is to serve as a resource for the staff of the ATS Government Relations Office and to advise the ATS Executive Committee and Board of Directors on issues of policy importance and priorities for ATS action. The Health Policy Committee strives to achieve health equality, and advocates for improved health and access to care for patients with critical illnesses and pulmonary and sleep-related conditions. It monitors federal healthcare legislation, policies, and regulations and provides federal agencies with expert knowledge to assist their efforts to improve the provision, funding, and coverage of services and support the prevention of respiratory disease. The Committee periodically develops position statements on proposed or existing federal healthcare policies when appropriate. Finally, the Health Care Policy Committee also reviews federal policies regarding pulmonary and critical care workforce needs and provides expert opinions in coordination with the Council of Chapter Representatives.

Benchmarks, 2019-2020:
• Monitor key health policy issues, establish ATS positions and priorities, and develop new programs to educate and inform members about the impact of government policy on health care;

• Work with the editors of the Annals of ATS to expand coverage of public health and health policy issues;

• Partner with ATS Publications, Web Editor and appropriate staff to inform ATS membership about health policy issues relevant to our pulmonary, critical care and sleep membership, including periodic announcements (such as the Washington Letter), web offerings, webinars or podcasts, and symposia at the International Conference;

• Work with the ATS Government Relations Office to establish priorities for Hill Day;

• Explore opportunities for collaboration with the International Health Committee to develop policy priorities regarding advocacy for global lung and sleep health and critical care services with an emphasis on preventive and treatment services in developing and under-developed healthcare settings

• Monitor developments with the health care reform relevant to ATS membership;

• Collaborate with CCR, PAR, relevant committees and sister organizations (American Academy of Pediatrics, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids, etc.) on state legislative issues such as Medicaid, Clean Power Plan, comprehensive smoke-free laws and tobacco taxes that can be advanced using local/regional education and advocacy. Identify specific pilot projects of shared focus to develop state advocacy infrastructure.

• Identify ways this committee can better engage junior members and foster continued engagement in advocacy;

• Work with the other advocacy focused committees monitor ATS advocacy metrics.