Sunday, April 23, 2017

Get Involved in Legislative Advocacy

Government policies affect virtually every aspect of the practice of medicine, making political advocacy one of the most important activities our medical associations engage in on behalf of physicians and patients. Government policies affect how physicians staff and equip medical offices, how they bill for services, how much physicians get paid for services, the cost of professional liability insurance, the manner in which health plans treat patients and physicians, the availability of health care resources in our community, and the affordability of health care insurance, just to name a few.

As a physician, you are in a unique position to offer advice to lawmakers about specific legislation affecting the medical profession. You can also help increase patient access to the important services that physicians provide. It is not only the right thing to do, so that your patients’ interests are best served, but it is also good for the stability of the medical profession.

The following lists a variety of legislative advocacy activities. Call your county medical society for details about how to get involved.

CMA House of Delegates

The House of Delegates convenes annually to debate and act on resolutions and reports dealing with myriad medical practice, public health and CMA governance issues. Click here for information about representing your medical community in the House of Delegates or contact your county medical society.

Legislative Leadership Conference

Members have the unique opportunity to join more than 400 physicians, medical students and CMA Alliance members who come to Sacramento to lobby their legislative leaders as champions for medicine and their patients. The morning includes speeches from key legislative leaders followed by face-to-face meetings in the afternoon with legislators in their Capitol offices.

Meeting With Legislators

Each county’s Legislative or Government Relations Committees host a variety of meetings with legislators or legislative candidates to discuss issues of importance to physicians and their patients.

MICRA

The Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 (MICRA) is California's nationally-acclaimed tort reform law. MICRA ensures injured patients receive fair compensation while preserving patients' access to healthcare by keeping doctors, nurses and healthcare providers in practice and hospitals and clinics open. MICRA has saved healthcare consumers billions of dollars. Any changes to MICRA to weaken its protections will result in higher health care costs overall, no improvement in quality, and reduced access to services.

For more information, visit the Californian’s Allied For Patient Protection www.micra.org - CAPP’s mission is to protect access to healthcare and patient safety through MICRA -or download:

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