Dana G. Stone, MD, District VII legislative chair
Thank you to everyone in District VII who took time to promote women’s health and the practice of medicine at the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, The President’s Conference (CLC), in Washington, DC, March 3–5. As always, ACOG government relations and outreach staff brought many members of Congress to speak with us, educated us about key issues, and sent us well-prepared to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators.
We celebrated the million-dollar milestone of ACOG’s federal political action committee, Ob-GynPAC, with $1 million raised from ACOG members. This major accomplishment could not have been reached without ACOG’s leadership and generous members. Not many medical organizations have reached this level. It gives ACOG visibility and influence on legislative issues.
Please continue to give generously to Ob-GynPAC so we can continue to promote women’s health and support those who align with our agenda in Congress. (You will not be favored or disadvantaged by reason of the amount of your contribution or a decision not to contribute. Contributions from foreign nationals are not permitted.)
This year, CLC attendees asked members of Congress to support three bills introduced this legislative session:
- Women’s Health Resolution: to ensure that women’s health is a priority in Congress, offering workplace protections for women and promoting women’s access to reproductive health care of all types
- Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act: to repeal and replace Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula
- Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act: to improve the health of mothers and babies and reduce health care costs by developing maternity care quality measures and supporting maternity care quality collaboratives
If you missed the CLC, you can still contact members of Congress about these issues. Also, consider attending the CLC next year on March 2–4. Any ACOG member can participate for the experience and for CME credit. You will learn a lot and have a great time! View photos from the 2013 CLC.