Who We Are
More than 6,000 ACEP and EMRA members participate in the 911 Network by staying current on federal health policy, contacting their legislators by email and social media, and meeting legislators in Washington, DC during ACEP’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference and back home through district meetings and emergency department visits by legislators.
Thank you for joining the ACEP 911 Legislative Grassroots Network. You will receive our "Weekly Update" via email every Friday that Congress is in session. Visit ACEP Advocacy for more information. Encourage an ACEP colleague to join the Network to make the voice of emergency medicine stronger in Congress.
Established in 1989, the 911 Network is an effective and critical tool in ACEP’s overall advocacy program in addition to direct lobbying by the ACEP DC office and political activity on the federal level through the National Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee (NEMPAC).
- The 911 Network is the only dedicated grassroots advocacy action network that speaks on behalf of the specialty of emergency medicine and patients seeking emergency care.
- 911 Network Members act as resources and health care issue experts for legislators and their staff to maximize the voice of emergency medicine in the federal legislative process.
- 911 Network Members are the first line of defense and are valued experts in Washington, DC when critical federal legislation is considered.
Recently, 911 Network Members have advocated on a host of issues that impact emergency medicine including:
- Preventing workplace violence in healthcare settings;
- Ensuring fair implementation of the No Surprises Act;
- Ensuring fair reimbursement policies through MACRA; and
- Enactment of the MAT Act which removes the requirement that a health care practitioner apply to the DEA for a separate "X-waiver" to dispense buprenorphine.
For more information on ACEP’s current legislative agenda and activities, please click here.
Interested in taking your engagement and advocacy with federal legislators and staff to the next level? Learn about ACEP's Advocacy Leaders program.
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Tools to Help You Advocate
Identify & Get to Know Your Legislators
Visit the ACEP Advocacy Action Center where you can enter your address and zip code to find information about your federal and state officials including bios, official websites, and social media links to follow. We encourage 911 Network members to sign up for your legislators' newsletters via their official websites to receive information on local town hall meetings and events.
911 Weekly Update
We keep 911 Network members up-to-speed on legislative, regulatory and political activity impacting emergency medicine through the “911 Grassroots Network Weekly Update” which is sent to all Network members by email every Friday that Congress is in session. For samples of recent 911 Weekly Updates, click here.
When a specific issue or vote comes up concerning emergency medicine, we activate the 911 Network and ask our members to take action. Action alerts are sent by email to brief you on the issue, and a link is provided to our Advocacy Action Center where you can directly contact your U.S. Senators or Representative by email. Sample emails and talking points are provided that you can send easily to your legislators with just one click after providing your contact information. Additionally, you will find opportunities to engage legislators on social media.
Other Ways to Get Involved
Leadership & Advocacy Conference
ACEP 911 Network members are encouraged to attend the annual ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference (LAC) held in Washington, D.C. At LAC, members tackle problems facing the specialty, develop tools to advocate at all levels, and build relationships with members of Congress.
Delivery of NEMPAC Contributions
911 Network Members assist NEMPAC in the delivery of contributions back home to federal candidates who have been approved for support by the NEMPAC Board of Trustees. This helps reinforce the presence of a local contact and resource on emergency medicine issues and provides the Network member with another opportunity to interact with legislators. For more information about NEMPAC, click here.
Be an Advocate for Emergency Medicine and Patients
Join with your ACEP colleagues to advocate to Congress. As a physician, health care issue expert, and constituent - you have a unique story to share.Get Involved