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Advocacy resources to help you be a successful stroke advocate

The Stroke Advocacy Network was designed to help members of the stroke community become effective advocates for stroke-related policies. The following resources can help you be an effective advocate.

Who Represents You?

Find out who your elected officials are, what issues they care about and how to contact them to ask them to take action on the issues you care about.

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Find out how an idea for a change in policy becomes an actual law and, more importantly, how you can influence that process (i.e., advocate for the issues you care about).

Advocacy Toolkit 

The Advocacy Toolkit provides information and worksheets that help you become an effective advocate. It includes information about identifying your elected officials, ways you can communicate with them and tips on making that communication more effective. After reading the Advocacy Toolkit, you’ll be ready to successfully advocate for stroke in your community and in Washington, D.C.

District Meeting Tool Kit

The District Meeting Tool Kit is a comprehensive resource to help you plan and prepare for meetings with legislators in your community. The tool kit contains information and tips to help you attend a meeting hosted by your legislator, schedule a one-on-one meeting or host a site visit. Choose the level of involvement that fits your desire to make a difference for the stroke community.


The Stroke Advocacy Network develops educational programs that you can watch from your own computer. These webinars are conducted live on a particular day, and then they are posted on the Stroke Advocacy Network website—so you can view them anytime.

Legislative Terms

What does it mean when your legislator co-sponsors a bill? What's the difference between a bill and a resolution? What's a filibuster? These questions and more are answered by this list of common terms used in the legislative process.

Other Resources

Jimmo v. Sebelius / CMS Improvement Settlement

Has Medicare denied you coverage for skilled nursing or therapy services? Thanks to a recent federal court ruling, coverage for these services will no longer be denied, even if improvement has plateaued. This change is effective immediately and applies to outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy in outpatient, home health and nursing home settings. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether this change can help you. Read more.




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