Want to know where your congressman stands on Medicare reform, hospitals, health insurancestem-cell research? Constituents can log on to a new Web site where they can track down this info.
The site, yourcongressyourhealth.org, went live on March 8, and was introduced to the public through an article in the print version of Parade magazine on March 11, says Heather Jameson, a spokeswoman for ResearchAmerica, a not-for-profit alliance of 500 medical research and health-related organizations that collaborated with Parade to launch the site.
Right now were in the public input phase of the project, Jameson says. The Parade article encouraged readers to log on to the site to vote on which health and medical issues or questions they would like their congressional representative to address. Those responses will help shape a questionnaire of 10 to 15 questions that will be sent out to each member of Congress in early April. The results of the questionnaire will be posted in mid-May.
Ultimately, the site will offer a searchable database showing every member of Congress and what their respective views are on healthcare and medical issues.
ResearchAmerica is hoping that its members will use the Web site as an advocacy tool, but the site will remain open to the public, Jameson says. Last year, the group launched a similar Web site before the November election season, yourcandidatesyourhealth.org, which outlined where many candidates stood on health, medical and scientific research issues.