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March 2018

TCAA 2018 Advocacy Institute & Lobby Day

On March 12th and 13th, representatives of trauma centers and national advocacy organizations from across the nation came to Washington, DC to participate in TCAA’s annual Lobby Day & Trauma Advocacy Institute. 


Organized by TCAA’s staff and board of directors, participants attended a federal policy briefing and advocacy-training program presented by Winning Strategies Washington. The advocates then spread out over Capitol Hill for meetings with Members of the U.S. House and Senate to raise awareness about the specialized care provided only by trauma centers and to lobby in favor of several key legislative priorities.

The advocates thanked Members of the House for recently approving the MISSION ZERO Act (H.R. 880), bipartisan legislation to fund the integration of military medical personnel at civilian trauma centers, and urged Senators to co-sponsor and approve the Senate MISSION ZERO Act (S. 1022). They also urged Congress to modernize and renew trauma related grant programs based on the current and future federal funding needs for state and regional trauma systems and centers.

TCAA thanks the many participants of this year’s advocacy event for the time and energy they devoted to educating legislators and for helping to move forward trauma care policy during such a critical period in Washington. We also extend a warm thank you to our advocacy partners for attending and to the Society of Trauma Nurses for sponsoring the annual lobby day lunch.

House Unanimously Approves Military-Civilian Trauma Care Legislation

On February 26, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved the MISSION ACT (H.R. 880). TCAA is extremely proud of the grassroots effort it spearheaded to educate lawmakers about the importance of the federal funding that H.R. 880 will provide to train and incorporate military trauma care providers into civilian trauma centers.

Our advocacy efforts are now focused on the advancement of MISSION ZERO in the Senate where the bill (S. 1022) is sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA). TCAA joined 13 other members of the Trauma Coalition to Sen. Isakson and other sponsors of S. 1022 expressing the trauma community’s support and urging swift action in the Senate to make MISSION ZERO law this year.

 

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