U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman used Twitter to highlight his conversation with Society physician leaders on Feb. 23.
Gathering virtually rather than in Washington, D.C. this year, a group of Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) policy leaders participated in the AMA’s two-day National Advocacy Conference, held on February 23 and 24. Attendees heard from thought leaders, industry insiders and members of Congress on important health care topics such as telemedicine, maternal health, “medical” marijuana and preventing federal across-the-board cuts to physician reimbursements.
Wisconsin physicians and medical students met virtually with U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) as well as U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI 02), Glenn Grothman (R-WI 06) and Brian Steil (R-WI 01) to emphasize how federal action – or inaction – can affect Wisconsin physicians and their patients.
“These opportunities to share information with our elected leaders in Congress are even more critical while we fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tosha Wetterneck, MD, who heads the Society’s delegation to the AMA. “It’s clear that our Congressional delegation wants to hear what matters to physicians – we’re a true resource for their offices.”
“Face-to-face conversations with our elected officials really do matter – even though this year we had to do it remotely,” said Society Board of Directors Chair Jerry Halverson, MD. “Whether it’s in Madison or Washington, D.C., the Society will continue to lead the conversation over how health care can be improved at both the national and state levels.”
You can read more about this year’s National Advocacy Conference here. Contact Heidi Green or Mark Grapentine, JD for more information about the Conference or how you can become more involved in physician advocacy.
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