REVISED Testimonies before Congress (10%)
DUE: April 21 at 4:00pm
You are knowledgeable and passionate about a particular health policy related issue. You receive a phone call from a health legislative aide from your U.S. Senator’s office and he/she asks you to prepare and deliver testimony at an upcoming Congressional health committee hearing on a topic related to this issue.
For your written testimony, pick a health policy issue related to ONE of the below topics:
YOU MAY DO THIS ASSIGNMENT ON THE SAME TOPIC AS YOUR FINAL PAPER IF YOU WISH.
Health Insurance Coverage, the Uninsured and Uncompensated Care
Aging and Chronic Care
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Quality Improvement and Evidence-based Medicine
Health Professions Education and Supply
Medicaid and SCHIP
Health Disparities and Vulnerable Populations (racial/ethnic minorities, rural/inner city residents, people with disabilities, immigrants, other)
Healthcare Spending and Cost Containment
Viability of the Healthcare ‘Safety Net’ Delivery System
Patient Safety, Medical Injury and Malpractice
Death, Dying and End-of-Life
Child and Adolescent Health
Health Information Technology and Privacy
Mental Health/Substance Abuse
Research your chosen health policy issue, and prepare a 3-page, double spaced written testimony.
Pretend your written testimony is being delivered to a Congressional committee with health jurisdiction interested in your policy issue and considering legislation to address the issue. Be creative on how you approach your topic. For example, you may be proposing a new piece of legislation, arguing a new policy angle to existing policy, etc.
Your testimony should include: 1) a brief background/facts on the issue, and 2) your proposal and arguments (pro and con). AT LEAST ONE-HALF OF YOUR TESTIMONY TIME MUST BE SPENT ON YOUR POLICY PROPOSAL (not the problem).
The format for your testimony should resemble actual short Congressional testimonies. Here is an example to follow: