State Affairs

Around the country, the APA Department of Government Relations provides assistance to District Branches/State Associations on state legislative and regulatory affairs. Activities includes tracking health care legislation, serving as a clearinghouse for best lobbying practices and model legislation, and providing on-site strategic assistance and grassroots training.

Model Parity Legislation

APA has created parity-implementation legislation for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, designed to require transparency and accountability from insurers and state regulators. Each state has legislation that is tailored specifically for that state's terminology and formatting. Download the adapted legislation for your state.

APA Non-Physician Scope of Practice Information Center

APA Non-Physician Scope of Practice Information Center is available for APA members and District Branches/State Associations interested in strategies and resources needed to confront state legislative efforts by psychologists and other healthcare professionals to gain prescribing privileges. Current resources:

  • Chicago Tonight's "Extending Prescription Privileges"
  • APA Letter to Illinois House of Representatives
  • APA Statement to the Illinois House Human Services Committee Opposing S.B. 2187 Psychologist Prescribing Certification

Medicaid Work Requirements

Section 1115 of the Social Security Act authorizes states to apply to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for waivers of certain Medicaid rules through demonstration projects that advance the objectives of the Medicaid program. On January 11, 2018, CMS issued new guidance for states seeking to tie Medicaid benefits to employment or other forms of community engagement for non-elderly, non-disabled adult Medicaid beneficiaries who are eligible for Medicaid on a basis other than disability. Explore our member-only resources on Medicaid work requirements.

District Branch Grant Information

The Committee on Advocacy and Litigation Funding (CALF) has the responsibility of reviewing requests, usually from District Branches/ State Associations, for financial support of projects involving legislation, litigation, and advocacy; of making recommendations regarding funding to the Board of Trustees; and of proposing coordinated activity by other APA components or District Branches/State Associations. CALF reports to the Council on Advocacy and Government Relations (CAGR). CAGR, in turn, makes recommendations through the Joint Reference Committee to the Board of Trustees where a funding decision is made.

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