Find Your Legislators

The Louisiana Primary Care Association and Louisiana's FQHCs rely on YOU, our health center advocates, to keep our lawmakers informed about issues that matter to your health center and your community.  We encourage you to stay involved in the legislative process.  You play a crucial role in giving a voice to those living in medically underserved communities across Louisiana.
Click here to find your state and federal elected officials.

Additional Advocacy Information & Resources

Louisiana's legislative branch includes the legislature, which is comprised of the House of Representatives with a limit of 105 members and the Senate with 39 members.  The legislature convenes in Baton Rouge for regular annual sessions and may convene for extraordinary or special sessions and for veto sessions.  

Regular annual sessions in even-numbered years are generally limited to 60 legislative days within 85 calendar days.  Regular annual sessions in odd-numbered years are limited to specified fiscal-related subjects and certain other legislation and to 45 legislative days within 60 calendar days.

The Special Session will convene February 19, 2018 and adjourn on March 7, 2018.
The 2018 Regular Session convenes on March 12, 2018 and adjourns on June 4, 2018.

Health Center Advocacy Network
The Health Center Advocacy Network is a project of NACHC.  Over the last 50 years, NACHC has provided education, training, advocacy, and technical support services to health centers and has worked to expand access to primary and prevetive care to all people in need through the patient-centered, community-based health center model.  The Health Center Advocacy Network seeks to serve as a one stop advocacy resource for health centers across the country.

Learn more about the Health Center Advocacy Network.

The Do's and Dont's of Health Center Advocacy

Health centers that are private, nonprofit corporations exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) may engage in legislative advocacy, subject to certain limitations – they are entirely prohibited from participating in any political campaign activity.  Those health centers operated by a unit of state or local government, are not subject to the IRC rules applicable to Section 501(c) (3) organizations, but may be subject to limitations imposed by state or local law.  

Neither private tax-exempt centers nor public health centers may use federal grant funds to support the costs of legislative advocacy or political campaign activities.  Health centers are allowed to engage in various types of public policy advocacy activities without violating federal tax law or the terms of federal grant awards. As is the case with other health center policies, it is the center’s board of directors that has the ultimate responsibility for establishing policy with regard to the health center’s advocacy strategy and for the health center’s compliance with laws and regulations that affect the center’s advocacy activities.

Learn more about the rules governing health center advocacy.

Interested in learning more about advocacy?  Have questions or concerns?  Contact Ryan Sinitiere at (225) 927-7662, ext. 210.
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