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e-mail to a Member of Congress has the greatest impact when it is:

  • From a constituent, with a name, full address, and zip code included;

  • In the constituent's own words, not copied from a form letter or Web site;

  • From an individual, not an intermediary organization or Web site;

  • Regarding a single issue, not a group of unrelated issues;

  • In an easy to read format, with a clear purpose stated in the first paragraph;

  • Not attempting to begin a dialogue, which is better conducted on the phone or in
    person; and
  • Directed to the appropriate office: committee business to the committee, and
    constituent business to the Member's personal office.

E-mail has the potential for a profound and positive impact on our democratic system.
If effectively utilized, the public - including interest groups - could engage in a more
open and informative dialogue with their elected officials, improving communication, and
potentially reducing the cynicism and common misperceptions that currently weaken
public confidence in government. It also offers Members of Congress the opportunity to
find new ways to fulfill the Founders' dreams of a transparent, responsive, yet
deliberative, Congress. Unfortunately, grassroots activists, the general public, and
congressional offices all have misperceptions about how to effectively use e-mail that
are limiting the value of this important communications tool.

Grassroots activists' practices of encouraging and enabling citizens to send messages
to all Members of Congress are akin to flying any interested person in the country to
attend a Member's town hall meeting. The public's expectation to receive responses
from Members who do not represent them is like their showing up at the town hall
meeting and demanding to be treated like a constituent. Members' inefficient and
unresponsive e-mail practices are akin to keeping constituents waiting in long lines for
hours before letting them into the town hall meeting. Instead of fostering democracy,
these conflicting practices and expectations of all the parties are fostering cynicism and
eroding trust. This predicament requires that grassroots activists, the public, and
Congress all find new approaches to their online communications. The Congress
Online Project recommends the following.

First, grassroots activists should adopt a code of conduct to engage in electronic
lobbying practices that:

  • Target individuals' own Members of Congress - and only their own Members of

  • Send meaningful messages, not "electronic postcards;"

  • Avoid sending duplicate messages from the same person;

  • Encourage people to speak in their own words;

  • Does not foster the expectation that citizens should correspond with - and expect a
    response from - any Member of Congress with whom they choose to communicate;

  • Provide complete identification information, including name, address, zip code, and
    e-mail address.

Second, citizens must recognize that congressional offices are not, and cannot be,
capable of responding electronically to every American and limit their e-mails to
communicating with only their elected representatives.
Due to the large and growing volumes of e-mail congressional offices are receiving,
electronic communication should be confined to Member-constituent communications.
How to effectively communicate with
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Consumer Protection Division.
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If you have a consumer complaint about a company
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File a complaint with your
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Writing a letter to share your views with the media,
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If you have an idea about how to solve a problem, or  a
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Some time-saving links are listed below, to help you
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The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail.
If you receive an unsolicited e-mail communication claiming to be
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Information at link above.Although they provide a form letter,
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e-mail link is located on your representative's home page
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that fulfills its mandate -- to help citizens track the spending of funds
allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Board consists of Inspectors General from about ten major cabinet agencies --
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The following agencies may be able to provide assistance if you have
concerns with healthcare related issues not regulated by HSR:

  • Healthcare professionals – Board of Professional Registration by calling
    573-751-0098 or online
  • Billing issues – Office of Attorney General by calling 573-751-3321 or
    toll free 800-392-8222 or online
  • Insurance issues – Department of Insurance, Consumer Affairs by
    calling 573-751-2640 or toll free 800-726-7390 or online at www.
  • Medicare or Medicaid issues – Center for Medicare & Medicaid
    Services, Kansas City federal office by calling 816-426-2011 or online
  • US Department of Health and Human Services Hospital Compare – a
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  • General Information – Missouri State Operator by calling 573-751-2000

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Department of Health and Senior Services
Bureau of Health Services Regulation
1617 Southridge Drive
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0570
Phone: (573)751-6303 (573) 751-6303
Fax: (573) 526-3621

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Deputy Division Director
Division of Regulation and Licensure
Department of Health and Senior Services
3418 Knipp Drive, Suite F
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-6069
Fax: (573) 522-1473
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