Legislators, staffers, legislative interns, legislative aides, and any other person who is working in the legislator’s office could read action alerts. Most likely action alerts are read by the legislative staffer that is assigned to managing healthcare topics for the office.
Interesting Fact: Staffers are just as important as the legislator (if not more) when it comes to successful advocacy efforts. Staffers are the people who are on the ground and drive the development of laws. They are the people who collect and perform research, write drafts for bills, and have the most influence to bring topics and bills to the legislator’s attention.
There is no guarantee that staffers or legislators will read our action alerts. This is why it is very important that we get as many RDNs/NDTRs as possible to send action alerts to their legislators in response to each “call to action”. The squeaky wheel gets the grease; in this case the more letters we send to our legislators, the more attention from staffers and legislators we receive.