Advocacy & Health Policy: Advocate for Ob-Gyns in Your State
ACOG’s most important resource is you, our members—a fact that is especially true when it comes to promoting our specialty in Congress and the statehouses. ACOG offers several FREE tools, campaigns, and resources to help you act as a strong voice for our specialty right at home.
Stay Up-to-Date on What’s Happening in Your State: ACOG’s State Bill Tracker
ACOG’s State Bill Tracker on ACOG’s Engage website will help you to keep tabs on the key issues in your state’s legislature that affect you and your patients. Please note that these reports show all bills moving on our issues, but do not show whether ACOG supports or opposes them. To learn more about ACOG’s positions on these issues, connect with your section or district officers and encourage them to bring ACOG’s voice to bear on pressing policy matters. Then, strengthen your own advocacy profile by communicating directly with your state lawmakers as both a constituent and a women’s health expert.
Meet with Your Members of Congress During August Recess
Your members of Congress will be home in August, holding town hall meetings and other opportunities to hear from you, their constituents. Take this opportunity to join ACOG in urging your US Senators and Representatives to vote YES on a key ACOG ask, the Protecting Our Infants Act, to get this important bill on neonatal abstinence syndrome enacted into law. Contact your Senators’ and Representative’s District office and find out about town halls scheduled in your state. Click here for ACOG’s town hall tool kit and check out the Protecting Our Infants Act fact sheet for helpful talking points.
Help Lead the Charge with All-In for Women’s Primary Care
As more women enter Medicaid, and as more people on Medicaid cannot find a doctor, states have an important role to play in improving women’s access to primary care. ACOG’s All-in for Women’s Primary Care initiative helps Fellows lead the charge for improved primary care reimbursement to ensure that low-income women have access to the quality care that ob-gyns provide. Visit our webpage to check out a variety of tools to help you advocate for inclusion in your State’s primary care pay bump, including our new advocacy toolkit. The toolkit is a step-by-step guide on how to achieve ob-gyn inclusion in your state’s pay bump.