Policies are constantly being reviewed and considered to help improve the federal, state, or local health care systems. Each one has the potential to affect each of us on a daily basis, so careful consideration must be given when policies are proposed. It is important to understand the process of how a topic eventually becomes a policy.
Choose a health care topic for which a policy might be formed.
*Note: be sure to look ahead and choose a policy topic that will be suitable for the second part of this assignment as well, due in Week Four.
Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper on the complete process of how your chosen topic becomes a policy. In your paper, include the following information:
- State the objective of the policy.
- Define Formulation stage (explain the process to formulate your policy, including the involvement of stakeholders and the role of special interest groups in this stage)
- Define Legislative stage (include an explanation of how the legislative body debates policies and approves policies; the role of committees, the role of the executive branch as relevant to your policy’s legislative process, and the way that stakeholder voices are heard in this stage)
- Define Implementation stage (identify the accountable parties–agencies, state or federal departments, etc.– and their roles in the various implementation of your policy)