A Year of Action

On February 17th, I accompanied HAN Director of Public Policy Angie Truesdale to the Longworth House Office Building, across the street from the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. We were going there to meet a delegation from the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State. Led by Kathy MacMahon, the President/CEO of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State and NHPCO Public Policy Committee member Dan Grady, the group of seven were there to meet with and educate their Members of Congress- some of whom were still figuring out the phone systems. Like many states, New York had many Freshmen Representatives take their seats in the 112th Congress that began this year.

It was an odd moment for me- in December 2009, only days into my time at the Hospice Action Network, I traveled to the very same spot to meet with the same group of people and wondered what I had gotten myself into. Remembering the chaos that was the Health Care Reform process made me think about the things we have done with your help in the past year. Two Congressional sign-on letters. Hill Day 2010. Sponsoring a Policy Breakfast with CQ Roll Call. A vibrant Facebook/social media community. Video testimonials. Positive press and letters to the editor in local and national media. 2010 was anything but quiet.

And believe me, we’re gearing up for an even bigger 2011. This year’s Hill Day promises to be one of the biggest and best yet. We’ve got some great surprises lined up- on top of having a speaker from The Partnership for a More Perfect Union, a pep rally on the Capitol grounds, a killer respite room and our usual amazing strategy sessions and meetings, there might just be one or two more things up our sleeves. You’ll have to stay tuned to find them out- so follow us on Facebook or twitter, subscribe to the Legislative Action Center, but keep in touch.

Thanks for all you do, Hospice Advocates, and here’s to a great 2011!