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EASNA Urges US Regulators to Include EAPs in the Exchanges Being Created by President Obama’s Healthcare Reform Law

Click here to see the news release and the letter sent to regulators.

Mission Statement

The mission of the EASNA Advocacy Committee is to represent and advance the interests of the employee assistance community in legislative and regulatory affairs at the state, provincial and federal levels, where applicable. Working collaboratively with other organizations and coalitions, the EASNA Advocacy Committee seeks to create a regulatory and legislative landscape throughout North America that will facilitate the maximum growth and positive societal influence of employee assistance programs.

Objectives

  • Build bridges and establish liaisons with other relevant like-minded organizations and coalitions.
  • Establish EASNA as a recognized resource and consultant for North American regulators and legislators on matters of EAP.
  • Organize annual EASNA Lobby Day events in both Ottawa and Washington, DC, to give our members the opportunity to participate in meaningful grassroots advocacy for EAP issues.
  • Educate and mobilize the EASNA membership regarding EAP relevant legislation and regulations through a system of push email membership alerts.
  • Draft policies regarding EAP relevant regulations and legislation for EASNA board consideration and adoption.

Advocacy Committee Members

  • Francois Legault and Eddie Haaz, Co-Chairs
  • Nicole Doucet
  • Patrick Gagne
  • Patricia Herlihy
  • Brent LaCaste-Wilken
  • Ana Laritza Leon
  • Paul Maiden
  • George Martin, Jr.
  • Alex McKenzie
  • Sharon O’Brien
  • Rachel Rowland
  • Dave Sharar
  • Andrea Stidsen
  • Chuck Taylor
  • Charlie Williams
  • Beverly Younger
  • Brendan Young

If you are a current EASNA member and would like to become a member of the Advocacy Committee please email hidden; JavaScript is required. We would welcome your participation.

Know of a potential issue or proposed regulation/legislation that the Advocacy Committee should be aware of?

EASNA Lobby Days in Canada and the US

You can help influence regulation and legislation by participating in our annual lobby day events, held in both Ottawa and Washington, DC:

To learn more, click here.

Advocacy Committee Liaisons

The EASNA Advocacy Committee has established consulting and advising relationships with the following organizations. In concert with these organizations EASNA endeavors to create a regulatory and legislative landscape throughout North America that will facilitate the maximum growth and positive societal influence of employee assistance programs.

  • The Whole Health Campaign
  • The Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Association of Behavioral Health and Wellness