U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP)

Objective: Request that the Senate HELP Committee convene a hearing on long COVID to raise awareness about the long-term consequences of COVID-19 infection.

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2022.

Get Involved: Contact your Senator to request that the Senate HELP Committee convene a hearing on long COVID.

The following Senators are members of the HELP Committee:

Sen. Baldwin (WI), Sen. Braun (IN), Sen. Burr (Ranking Member, NC), Sen. Casey (PA), Sen. Cassidy (LA), Sen. Collins (ME), Sen. Hassan (NH), Sen. Hickenlooper (CO), Sen. Kaine (VA), Sen. Lujan (NM), Sen. Marshall (KS), Sen. Moran (KS), Sen. Murkowski (AK), Sen. Murphy (CT), Sen. Murray (Chair, WA), Sen. Paul (KY), Sen. Romney (UT), Sen. Rosen (NV), Sen. Scott (SC), Sen. Sanders (VT), Sen. Smith (MN), and Sen. Tuberville (TN).

  1. Use the link above to locate the contact information for your Senators.
  2. Call your Senator’s office and ask to speak to a staffer that handles health care issues.
  3. If the health care staffer is unavailable, you can leave a message for them or call back again at a later date. Alternatively, you can ask for their email address and contact them through email.
  4. Refer to the Conversation Guide below for tips on engaging with your Senator’s health staffer.
  5. You can also refer to the Engagement Toolkit for guidance on how to effectively engage with your Senator’s staff.
  6. If your Senator’s office gives you specific feedback about why they are not willing to request this hearing, contact us and we can provide further guidance.

Conversation Guide: This conversation should take between 2-5 minutes, depending on how much information you’re able to share about how you have been personally affected by this issue.

  1. Begin the conversation by communicating the city and state that you reside in to confirm that you are a constituent of this Senator.
  2. If possible, share how you have personally been affected by COVID-19 and/or long COVID. If you are a long COVID patient, share information about the symptoms you are experiencing and any challenges you are having accessing treatment or support. Information about the financial burden of long COVID and information about how your employment or earning capacity have been affected is also relevant. If possible, convey a sense of urgency about your situation.
  3. Request that the Senate HELP Committee convene a hearing where medical experts, long COVID patients, and patient advocates can provide testimony about the challenges that long COVID patients face following their recovery from acute illness.
  4. Emphasize that this hearing is necessary to raise awareness about long COVID among members of the public.
  5. Emphasize that this hearing will help Congress develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing this issue.
  6. Thank the staffer for their time and conclude the conversation.
  7. You can continue to engage with your Senator’s office on this topic in the future. There is nothing wrong with calling your Senator’s office again on another day to repeat your request.

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