AMSA Health Policy Team

AMSA Health Policy Team AMSA Health Policy Team is dedicated to empowering members to actively engage in education, programming, policy making, and advocacy to implement solutions to health care injustices.

Applications for medical marijuana remain a focal point in health care and for legislators. Explore the use of medical m...
05/09/2017
Georgia lawmakers working on medical cannabis ‘resolution’

Applications for medical marijuana remain a focal point in health care and for legislators. Explore the use of medical marijuana and hospice care at AMSA's conference in Chicago, June 3 - 4. http://www.macon.com/news/local/article138414448.html

Two Georgia lawmakers who have carried different medical marijuana expansion bills in the state Legislature this year, state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, and state Sen. Ben Watson, R-Savannah, are working toward a resolution. They have until March 30 for a bill to have a chance at becoming law this ye...

Hi All- Here is a current list of target GOP Reps for this afternoon's vote. If you have time please call your own const...
03/24/2017

Hi All- Here is a current list of target GOP Reps for this afternoon's vote. If you have time please call your own constituents and consider calling friends and family in these key States/Districts for the same!

Edit: Reps. Lance, Smith and LoBiondo oppose AHCA and will be voting No today. Rep. MacArthur has recently switched his vote from No to Yes. NJ! please Add MacArthur to you list along with Rep. Frelinghuysen for Calls today.

We need to do this before they vote at 2:15 est today! #savetheaca #saveaca #protectourcare #protectourpatients #killthebill

Every call counts today. Every member should hear from constituents today but if you see your member of Congress on this list, call them NOW! http://bit.ly/2mnp1ci

AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow
03/16/2017
AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow

AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow

In taking a look at the Proposed Budget (titled "Blueprint to Make America Great Again..."), here's what's proposed to be eliminated: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget
More information here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/politics/president-trumps-first-budget-proposal/2179/

African Development Foundation
Appalachian Regional Commission
Chemical Safety Board
Corporation for National & Community Service
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS)
Delta Regional Authority
Denali Commission
Institute of Museum & Library Services
Inter-American Foundation
US Trade & Development Agency
Legal Services Corporation
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation
Northern Border Regional Commission
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
US Institute of Peace
US Inter agency Council on Homelessness
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

That's just a few of the things being eliminated, while increasing funding to major aspects of the DOD.

02/03/2017
AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow

AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow

This just passed the House yesterday and will move on towards the Senate for passage! Please call your senator and make sure that they understand the implications of this rollback! #guns #publichealth #amsaadvocacy #activism #mentalhealth

AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow
01/28/2017
AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow

AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow

"Health care reform isn’t about a nameless, faceless “system.” It’s about the millions of lives at stake." Before the ACA, almost 60 million people were underinsured, and lacked adequate care for conditions. The ACA isn't perfect, but it's saved lives, and a repeal without an adequate replacement is reckless and irresponsible. It can be improved. #saveACA #healthcare #healthcareisahumanright #obama #NEJM #ACA #savetheaca #protectourpatients #protectourcare #medicine #patients #healthinsurance

AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow
01/17/2017
AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow

AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow

Confused on next steps? Together, we're stronger. Don't let opportunity pass you by. Here's what you can do. As a collaborative campaign between Clinician Action Network, National Physicians Alliance, AMSA, and Physicians for Reproductive Health, we're making "House Calls for the ACA." For ease, here are the relevant links:

Sign up:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccHUz6hmr7JNsHosMGQGE8ko8R2ygvcyqOWpU_Eay38icGtw/viewform?c=0&w=1

Action Guide:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/13VtyowVXsRecQeMVSqB5kHlc9mUWemmVDlvjgPey134/edit

Target Senators:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/2/d/1X22Mp6f-p09XjlrXFLukwczpAMN6HH-GSbLnOFkuyS0/pubhtml

Leave-Behind Fact sheet:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5610UO7UfrodXRmdERtTE5ZLWM/view

#amsaadvocacy #activism #protectourpatients #clinicianactionnetwork #savetheACA #saveACA

AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow
01/16/2017
AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow

AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow

This is where you have to call your GOP Governors who have expanded medicaid to ask their assistnace to GOP Senators. We're looking at specific Senators: Murkowski (AK), Cotton (AR), Paul (KY), Collins (ME), Portman (OH), Alexander (TN), Corker (TN), Toomey (PA), Heller (NV).

Call any Senate members of the Finance Committee or HELP Committee, any Representative members on the Ways and Means Committee or the Energy and Commerce Committee. Higher yield targets: Susan Collins (R-ME), Rand Paul (R-KY), Dean Heller (R-NV), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

Write an op-ed. Write a Letter to the Editor. We're collaborating with many organizations and coalitions to make this happen. You're not powerless. #amsapower #patientsoverpolitics #protectourpatients #savetheACA

11/21/2016

Speaker Paul Ryan's office is conducting a survey hoping to show a popular mandate to repeal the ACA. It's automated and quick. Here's what to do:

1) Call (202) 225 - 0600
2) Wait for recording to start (there will be a long pause)
3) You will get prompted by the survey
4) Press 2 to participate
5) Listen to the GOP message
6) Press 1 to register your support for the ACA

Medicine Responds to Addiction meeting today at 9am EST including our AMSA President along with federal, state and local...
10/25/2016
Live Events

Medicine Responds to Addiction meeting today at 9am EST including our AMSA President along with federal, state and local partners.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/live

The Record “America is not the project of any one person. The single-most powerful word in our democracy is the word 'we.'" -President Obama This is our record. This is the progress we’ve made.

AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow
10/11/2016
AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow

AMSA's Education & Advocacy Fellow

Don't throw away your #vote! Today is the last day to register in AK, AZ, HI, WA, DC, GA, IL IN, KY, MI, MT, NM, OH, TN, TX!! #ELECTION2016 #advocacy #activism #rockthevote

Campaign Zero, a police reform campaign based around 10 policy proposals, recently released a thorough police union cont...
07/13/2016
Police Union Contract Project

Campaign Zero, a police reform campaign based around 10 policy proposals, recently released a thorough police union contract and police bill of rights analysis examining how this legislation impacts police officer accountability.

Read Campaign Zero's comprehensive 10-point policy agenda here: http://www.joincampaignzero.org/solutions

The Police Union Contract Project investigates how police union contracts block accountability.

Expand your horizons with #AMSA Scholars Program!http://www.amsa.org/members/career/scholars-programs/Special Codes:SPNM...
09/25/2015
AMSA Scholars Programs - AMSA

Expand your horizons with #AMSA Scholars Program!
http://www.amsa.org/members/career/scholars-programs/
Special Codes:
SPNM - gives the $40 member rate to non-members
SPINTL - give the $20 rate to International Med Members

An Online Learning Community October 2015 – April 2016 Open to premedical & medical students. Scholars Program Overview and Expectations Scholars programs will run from October 2015 – April 2016. Each scholars program will create its own schedule and timeline. Most programs will require 6 hours a…

Supreme Court Appears Sharply Split in Case on Health Law
03/06/2015
Supreme Court Appears Sharply Split in Case on Health Law

Supreme Court Appears Sharply Split in Case on Health Law

Oral arguments were Wednesday in a case that will determine whether millions of people will continue to receive health insurance subsidies. The court’s decision is expected by late June.

02/25/2015

Are you participating in the Lobby Day and Rally event tomorrow at AMSA Convention? Watch this short video to get an idea of what lobbying is and why it is important. http://t.co/dTvimPucv4

AMSA Health Policy Team
02/25/2015

AMSA Health Policy Team

AMSA Health Policy Team
02/25/2015

AMSA Health Policy Team

For all those Philadelphia/area folks out there interested in Health Policy:The Student Health Policy Symposium Committe...
02/04/2015
Beyond Coverage: Health Care as Public Policy --ACP Health Policy Symposium 2015

For all those Philadelphia/area folks out there interested in Health Policy:

The Student Health Policy Symposium Committee, a joint venture between Temple University School of Medicine and Jefferson Medical College, is pleased to announce the 2015 ACP Health Policy Symposium -- Beyond Insurance: Health Care and Public Policy. Students and speakers will be coming together with the goal of improving pan-Philadelphia medical student understanding of health policy.

Since the 2008 presidential election campaigns, the role of government in health insurance has been consistently in the news. But what about the role of public policy in health care in the broader context? The ACA seeks not only to improve access to reasonable health insurance, but also to reduce costs, improve quality, and improve patient satisfaction -- but what is the responsibility of government in taking an active role determining the course of medical practice and research? When does government overstep its bounds? And how can we, as members of the health care and research communities, best ensure our voice—and that of our patients—is heard in the arena of policy making?

Speakers and topics:
- Current Legislative Issues Impacting Physicians: Dr. Barbara Connors, CMO Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services Region III
- Reproductive Health Law: Professor David Cohen, Earle Mack School of Law
- Student Involvement in Health Policy: Dr. Gregory Kane, ACP Pennsylvania Chapter Southeastern Region Governor
- Health Policy and Ethics: Dr. Nora Jones, Temple University Center for Urban Bioethics and Health Policy

Date and Time: Saturday, February 21st; 9am - 2:30pm

Location: Temple University School of Medicine; 3500 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia

Registration: FREE! Please visit the following link for registration and additional information: http://tinyurl.com/ACPSymposium

The Student Health Policy Symposium Committee intends for this event to be a discussion about the overlap and entanglement of physicians, patients, policy and its makers -- all political and social opinions are welcomed and valued. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Since the 2008 Presidential Election, the role of government in health insurance has consistently been in the news. But what about the role of government policy in other aspects of healthcare? What is the responsibility of government to take an active role in determining the course of medical practi…

11/21/2014
Gender-Specific & Women's Health Curriculum National Survey

Anybody who has an interest in LGBT or Women's Health policy, please take a look at your curriculum and fill out this survey. It will help to make our medical education better, and help us to understand our patients. This a great project!

"The act's ambulatory surgical center requirement places an unconstitutional undue burden on women throughout Texas" -- ...
08/30/2014
Breaking: Federal Court Blocks Part of Texas Abortion Law Preceding Immediate State Appeal

"The act's ambulatory surgical center requirement places an unconstitutional undue burden on women throughout Texas" -- U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on blocking part of Texas HB 2.

To learn more about the latest about federal ruling on abortion and family planning legislation, check out:

http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2014/08/29/federal-court-blocks-part-texas-abortion-law-preceding-immediate-state-appeal/

Without the court's injunction, HB 2 could have reduced the number of Texas abortion providers to eight.

"Every woman deserves to be respected and protected, and no woman should have to hide her pregnancy for fear of losing h...
08/30/2014
Illinois Governor Signs Law Combating Pregnancy Discrimination

"Every woman deserves to be respected and protected, and no woman should have to hide her pregnancy for fear of losing her job because she is pregnant" - Rep. Mary Flowers

Thank you, Governor Quinn and HB 8 sponsors for better protecting civil rights in the work place!

http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2014/08/29/illinois-governor-signs-law-combating-pregnancy-discrimination/

During a press conference announcing the new law, Gov. Pat Quinn said that women should not have to choose between being a mother and having a job.

Take a moment to let your congressperson know you support expanded and improved medicare. http://action.amsa.org/o/2083/...
07/30/2014
AMSA Action Center

Take a moment to let your congressperson know you support expanded and improved medicare.

http://action.amsa.org/o/2083/p/dia/action/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=14591

July 30th, 2014 is the historic anniversary of the inception of Medicare, a public healthcare insurance program that provides coverage to over 50 million people in the United States today. Fiscal reform has made Medicare a place of interest for budget cuts. The essential good that Medicare provides…

Everyone has the right to the healthcare they decide, a decision between the patient and the doctor. The recent Supreme ...
07/04/2014
AMSA Disappointed with Court Decision Allowing Denial of Contraceptive Coverage

Everyone has the right to the healthcare they decide, a decision between the patient and the doctor. The recent Supreme Court ruling undermines this by allowing employers to deny contraceptive.

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) expresses deep disappointment with the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of Burwell v Hobby Lobby , to limit employee rights to access comprehensive medical care.

06/11/2014
Text of H.R. 4676: Medicaid Physician Self-Referral Act of 2014 (Introduced version) - GovTrack.us

H.R. 4676, recently assigned to congressional committee seeks to " provide that no payment may be made under the State plan for a Medicaid designated health service furnished to an individual on the basis of a referral by a physician if the physician (or an immediate family member of the physician) has an ownership or investment interest or a compensation arrangement (as defined in section 1877) with the entity furnishing the Medicaid designated health service that would not comply with section 1877 if the referral were for an item or service otherwise payable under title XVIII"

In laymen terms this bill seeks to reject funding for specialist visits in the case that the referring physician has financial ties with the specialty clinic.

My suggestion: drop this bill and others like it that seek to patch our broken healthcare system and adopt H.R. 676 Expanded and Improved Medicare For All!

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr4676/text?utm_campaign=govtrack_email_update&utm_source=govtrack/email_update&utm_medium=email

Text of H.R. 4676: Medicaid Physician Self-Referral Act of 2014 as of May 19, 2014 (Introduced version). H.R. 4676: Medicaid Physician Self-Referral Act of 2014

With the implementation of same-sex marriage legislation in Illinois this past week, a majority of American same-sex cou...
06/08/2014
Marriage equality's 10-year journey, in one stunning GIF

With the implementation of same-sex marriage legislation in Illinois this past week, a majority of American same-sex couples can now get married in their home state among their family and friends!!

This amazing GIF captures the march toward marriage equality.

A Word from AMSA's 2014-2015 National President.
06/06/2014
AMSA On Call > A Word from AMSA's 2014-2015 National President

A Word from AMSA's 2014-2015 National President.

Hey AMSA! This is Britani Kessler, your new National President. My first month in office has been a whirlwind of activity. However, it is nothing compared to the past 4 years of hard work at Nova Southeastern University. I attended commencement a few weeks ago and I’m still taken back that I’m now a…

Check out this great article written by a medical student activist like yourself!
05/28/2014
Make patients the priority, not profits

Check out this great article written by a medical student activist like yourself!

As a medical student, I appreciated Tribune reporter Peter Frost's story, " Lawsuit accuses Blue Cross and Blue Shield parent of funneling profit to execs " (May 22).

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