Assignment: Legislation Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Assignment: Legislation Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Testimony Advocacy in Healthcare

Introduction

Over the years, the American federal and state authorities create and pass bills that advocate for quality care, patient protection, and evidence-based management of chronic and cardiovascular diseases. Currently, the United States experiences increased food allergies and related disorders, which lead to adverse symptoms and health complications. In response, Tim Scott, a Senator, proposed the FASTER Act of 2021 to reduce and prevent food allergies and related disorders. Therefore, it is rational to critically review the FASTER Act of 2021 by stating its number, description, supporter, opposers, target population, and personal opinion Assignment: Legislation Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement.

Part One

 

Health-related Bill Name  

FASTER Act of 2021

Bill Number S.578
Description The FASTER Act of 2021 plans to support the management and prevention of food allergies and related disorders by supporting the development of effective food allergy diagnostics, the prevention of food allergies among adults and children, the reduction of risk factors of food allergies, and the creation of evidence-based therapeutics to prevent, treat, and cure food allergies and related disorders among Americans. Congress (2021) adds that the FASTER Act of 2021 aims to provide opportunities for stakeholders in the healthcare sector to collaborate in identifying, managing, treating, and preventing food allergies and related disorders among Americans.

 

 

Federal or State? Federal
Legislative Intent  

The FASTER Act of 2021 aims to improve patient outcomes and the safety of Americans living with food allergies and related disorders.

 

 

Proponents:

·         Senator Tim Scott (Primary Sponsor)

·         Senator Christopher Murphy

·         Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

·         Senator Raphael G. Warnock

·         Senator Richard Blumenthal

·         Senator Roger W. Marshall

·         Senator Susan M. Collin

·         Senator Tammy Baldwin

·         Senator Thom Tillis

 

 

Opponents: Bill received unanimous consent at the introduction stage.s Assignment: Legislation Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

 

 

Target Population  

Americans living with food allergies and related disorders

Status of the bill (Is it in hearings or committees?)  

Committee Stage

 

 

General Notes/Comments

 

 

The FASTER Act of 2021 is a brilliant proposal that aims to improve its health sector.

 

Part Two

            I unconditionally support the passage and implementation of the FASTER Act of 2021 in the United States. According to Congress (2021), the FASTER Act of 2020 intends to improve patient outcomes and the safety of Americans living with food allergies and related disorders. Food allergies and related disorders, such as enterocolitis syndrome, anaphylaxis, and eosinophilic gastrointestinal illnesses, affect more than 32 million Americans. The Food Allergy Research and Development (2020) states that one in ten adults and one in three children have food allergies. The allergies send adults and children to emergency rooms every three minutes. Food Allergy Research and Development (2020) indicates that the United States records more than 200,000 emergency visits annually due to food allergies and related complications. Therefore, the United States must implement the FASTER Act of 2020 to reduce emergency visits and promote health outcomes of Americans living with food allergies and related disorders Assignment: Legislation Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement.

Even though I fully support the passage and implementation of the FASTER Act of 2020, some Americans oppose the bill. I aim to address the concerns of opponents of the FASTER Act of 2020 by informing them about the adverse signs and symptoms of food allergies and related disorders. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (2018) confirms that the adverse symptoms include wheezing, repetitive cough, shortness of breath, circulatory collapse, dizziness, and weak pulses. The adverse signs and symptoms of food allergies and related disorders increase the risk of mortality and serious health complications among Americans. Alternatively, I will inform the opponents of the FASTER Act of 2020 about the healthcare costs of food allergies and related disorders. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (2020) indicates that the federal government spends more than $25 billion annually in managing and treating food allergies and related disorders. The implementation of the FASTER Act of 2020 will contribute to the significant reduction of healthcare-related costs. The knowledge of adverse symptoms and healthcare costs of food allergies and related disorders may convince opponents of the FASTER Act of 2020 to support the bill Assignment: Legislation Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement.

Conclusion

            In summation, Tim Scott, a senator, proposed the FASTER Act of 2021 to reduce and prevent food allergies and related disorders in the United States. The FASTER Act of 2021 plans to support the management and prevention of food allergies and related disorders by supporting the development of effective diagnostics and the reduction of risk factors. The passage and implementation of the FASTER Act of 2021 will improve patient care and outcomes among Americans living with food allergies and related disorders.

References

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. (2018). Food Allergies | Causes, Symptoms & Treatment. Retrieved from https://acaai.org/allergies/types/food-allergy

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. (2020). Allergy Facts. Retrieved from https://www.aafa.org/allergy-facts/

Congress. (2021, March 8). All info – S.578 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): FASTER Act of 2021. Retrieved from https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/578/all-info

Food Allergy Research and Development. (2020). Facts and Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.foodallergy.org/resources/facts-and-statistics#:~:text=The%20symptoms%20of%20an%20allergic,onset%20and%20can%20cause%20death Assignment: Legislation Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Assignment: Legislation Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

As a nurse, how often have you thought to yourself, If I had anything to do about it, things would work a little differently? Increasingly, nurses are beginning to realize that they do, in fact, have a role and a voice.

Many nurses encounter daily experiences that motivate them to take on an advocacy role in hopes of impacting policies, laws, or regulations that impact healthcare issues of interest. Of course, doing so means entering the less familiar world of policy and politics. While many nurses do not initially feel prepared to operate in this space effectively, the reward is the opportunity to shape and influence future health policy.

To Prepare:

The Assignment: (1- to 2-page Legislation Grid; 1-page Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement)

Be sure to add a title page, an introduction, purpose statement, and a conclusion. This is an APA paper.

Part 1: Legislation Grid

Based on the health-related bill (proposed, not enacted) you selected, complete the Legislation Grid Template. Be sure to address the following:

  • Determine the legislative intent of the bill you have reviewed.
  • Identify the proponents/opponents of the bill.
  • Identify the target populations addressed by the bill.
  • Where in the process is the bill currently? Is it in hearings or committees?

Part 2: Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Based on the health-related bill you selected, develop a 1-page Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement that addresses the following:

  • Advocate a position for the bill you selected and write testimony in support of your position Assignment: Legislation Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement.
  • Describe how you would address the opponent to your position. Be specific and provide examples.
  • At least 2 outside resources and 2-3 course specific resources are used.

By Day 7 of Week 4

Submit your completed legislation grid and testimony/advocacy statement.

 

Excellent Good Fair Poor
Federal and State Legislation

Part 1: Legislation Grid

Based on the health-related bill you selected, complete the Legislation Grid Template. Be sure to address the following:

• Determine the legislative intent of the bill you have reviewed.

• Identify the proponents/opponents of the bill.

• Identify the target populations addressed by the bill.

• Where in the process is the bill currently? Is it in hearings or committees?

32 (32%) – 35 (35%)

The response clearly and accurately summarizes in detail the legislative intent of the health-related bill.

The response accurately identifies in detail the proponents and opponents of the health-related bill.

The response accurately identifies in detail the populations targeted by the health-related bill.

The response clearly and thoroughly describes in detail the current status of the health-related bill.

28 (28%) – 31 (31%)

The response accurately summarizes the legislative intent of the health-related bill.

The response accurately identifies the proponents and opponents of the health-related bill.

The response accurately identifies the populations targeted by the health-related bill.

The response accurately describes the current status of the health-related bill.

25 (25%) – 27 (27%)

The response vaguely or inaccurately summarizes the legislative intent of the health-related bill.

The response vaguely or inaccurately identifies the proponents and opponents of the health-related bill.

The response vaguely or inaccurately identifies the populations targeted by the health-related bill.

The response vaguely or inaccurately describes the current status of the health-related bill.

(0%) – 24 (24%)

Summary of the legislative intent of the health-related bill is vague and inaccurate or is missing.

Identification of the proponents and opponents of the health-related bill are vague and inaccurate or is missing.

Identification of the populations targeted by the health-related bill is vague and inaccurate or is missing.

The description of the current status of the health-related bill is vague and inaccurate or is missing.

Advocating for Legislation

Part 2: Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Based on the health-related bill you selected, develop a 1-page Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement that addresses the following:

• Advocate a position for the bill you selected and write testimony in support of your position.

• Describe how you would address the opponent to your position. Be specific and provide examples.

45 (45%) – 50 (50%)

Testimony clearly and thoroughly provides statements that fully justifies a position for a health-related bill Assignment: Legislation Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement.

Response provides a detailed, thorough, and logical explanation of how to address opponents to the position for the health-related bill and includes one or more clear and accurate supporting examples.

A complete, detailed, and specific synthesis of two outside resources is provided. The response fully integrates at least 2 outside resources and 2-3 course specific resources that fully supports the responses provided.

40 (40%) – 44 (44%)

Testimony clearly and accurately provides statements that somewhat justifies a position for a health-related bill.

Response provides an accurate explanation of how to address opponents to the position for the health-related bill and may include at least one supporting example.

An accurate synthesis of at least one outside resource is provided. The response integrates at least 1 outside resource and 2-3 course specific resources that may support the responses provided.

35 (35%) – 39 (39%)

Testimony used to justify a position for a health-related bill is vague or inaccurate.

Explanation of how to address the opponents to the position for the health-related bill is vague or inaccurate, lacks logic, and/or the supporting examples are vague or inaccurate.

A vague or inaccurate synthesis of outside resources is provided. The response minimally integrates resources that may support the responses provided.

(0%) – 34 (34%)

Testimony used to justify a position for a health-related bill is vague and inaccurate, incomplete, or is missing.

Explanation of how to address the opponents to the position for the health-related bill is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

A vague and inaccurate synthesis of no outside resources is provided, or is missing. The response fails to integrate any resources to support the responses provided.

Written Expression and Formatting – Paragraph Development and Organization:

Paragraphs make clear points that support well developed ideas, flow logically, and demonstrate continuity of ideas. Sentences are carefully focused–neither long and rambling nor short and lacking substance. A clear and comprehensive purpose statement and introduction is provided which delineates all required criteria.

(5%) – 5 (5%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity.

A clear and comprehensive purpose statement, introduction, and conclusion is provided which delineates all required criteria.

(4%) – 4 (4%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 80% of the time.

Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is stated, yet is brief and not descriptive.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 60%- 79% of the time.

Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is vague or off topic.

(0%) – 3 (3%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity < 60% of the time.

No purpose statement, introduction, or conclusion was provided.

Written Expression and Formatting – English writing standards:

Correct grammar, mechanics, and proper punctuation

(5%) – 5 (5%)
Uses correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation with no errors.
(4%) – 4 (4%)
Contains a few (1-2) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.
3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Contains several (3-4) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.
(0%) – 3 (3%)
Contains many (≥ 5) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors that interfere with the reader’s understanding.
Written Expression and Formatting – The paper follows correct APA format for title page, headings, font, spacing, margins, indentations, page numbers, parenthetical/in-text citations, and reference list.
(5%) – 5 (5%)
Uses correct APA format with no errors.
(4%) – 4 (4%)
Contains a few (1-2) APA format errors.
3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Contains several (3-4) APA format errors.
(0%) – 3 (3%)
Contains many (≥ 5) APA format errors.
Total Points: 100