VMS's ability to shape public policy debates on behalf of the state’s physicians is only as strong as the amount of involvement it receives from its members. Since nothing motivates elected officials or government administrators as much as receiving real input from the people that their decisions impact, member participation can have a tremendous effect on legislative and rulemaking outcomes.
To become an advocate for issues of importance of you and your colleagues, engage in the following:
- Contact legislators:
- Vermont legislators value hearing from their constituents and others impacted by the legislation they are considering. Get to know your local legislator at the beginning of the session before you have an “ask” – introduce yourself and offer to be a resource on health and health policy issue; describe your area of practice and what it’s like to practice medicine in Vermont.
- Find your legislator
- Follow legislation of interest
- Track a bill
- Follow VMS involvement via the VMS Legislative Bulletin
- Contact your legislator and/or members of key legislative committees following the bill to express your opinion. You can also find handouts, lists of witness and information on testifying on the Committee webpages.
- You can reach legislators by using their home contact information listed in the above search, by mailing correspondence to their attention to 115 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633, or by leaving a message at the statehouse by calling (802) 828-2228.
- Contribute to VMSPAC
- Write a letter to the editor of your hometown newspaper.
- Inform VMS of your willingness to testify before legislative and policy committees or to visit the statehouse to lobby lawmakers in person.
- Information on visiting the Vermont State House