Advocacy & Health Policy: Ob-Gyns Raise their Voices on Capitol Hill During ACOG's 2016 CLC

Last month, dedicated members of ACOG enthusiastically rose to the occasion. More than 460 ACOG members from all over the United States came to Washington, DC to advocate for our specialty at this year’s Congressional Leadership Conference (CLC), March 6-8. Keeping in line with the theme of “Commitment to Care Beyond the Exam Room”, this year’s Conference saw the biggest group to date of ob-gyn advocates committed to represent the profession on Capitol Hill.

At this year’s conference, the focus was on two pieces of legislation:

  • The Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act, and
  • The Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act

If passed, the implementation of these bills would increase access to treatment for women suffering from maternal depression, and address the increase in substance use disorder during pregnancy. Our physicians participated in two days of training before heading to the United States House of Representatives and Senate to advocate in support of these bills.

Recognizing the Parts of ACOG That Make Up the Whole

Districts within ACOG were also recognized at the CLC for their commitment and dedication to advocacy. Congratulations to District III for winning the 2015 Capitol Cup for having the highest ObGynPAC participation rate during the competition months, and to District II for their tremendous accomplishment in raising the most money for the ObGynPac during the Capital Cup competition during 2015! District II was also recognized for its work toward ensuring expedited insurance coverage through the NY State of Health insurance exchange for uninsured newly pregnant women.

Did you Miss the CLC?

Thank you to everyone who came out to be an advocate for our specialty. If you missed the CLC, you can still participate. Visit ACOG Action and check out the "Key Bills in Congress" section to stay updated on what is happening in Congress. Through this website, you can also easily contact your legislators and encourage them to cosponsor issues important to the ob-gyn specialty and our patients. 

You can also stay up to date on daily advocacy news by following us on Twitter @ACOGAction

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