Last Updated: Feb 20, 2019
Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) physician leaders attended the National Advocacy Conference (NAC) hosted by the American Medical Association (AMA) in Washington, D.C., from Feb. 11-13, 2019.
The NAC offers physician leaders and key state medical society staff a high-quality program of speakers who provide a perspective on health policy issues from inside the Beltway. It also encourages Capitol Hill visits with members of the congressional delegation from each state.
NAC attendees heard insights on issues such as:
- Congressional Actions to End Gun Violence
- Update from CMS – Focus on Regulatory Issues
- Focus on the Opioid Epidemic
Capitol Hill Visits
PAMED leaders met with Senate staff for both Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) to discuss topics like the opioid abuse crisis and how it is affecting Pennsylvania.
On the U.S. House side, physicians met with Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA-13th District), Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA-4th District), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1st District), Rep. John Joyce (R-PA-13th District), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA-16th District), Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA-9th District), Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA-11th District), Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15th District), as well as senior staff from several other Pennsylvania Congressional districts, including Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA-17th District).
How to Support Grassroots Physician and Patient Advocacy
You can support pro-physician and pro-patient legislators by joining PAMPAC, the muscle of PAMED. Make an impact on PAMED legislative priorities such as team-based care (scope of practice) and prior authorization reform. Be part of the grassroots solution by joining PAMPAC online at www.pampac.org.
And, find out more about PAMED’s legislative priorities for 2019 here.