10/23/2018 – ACC Celebrates 2018 Legislative Conference Success
Another ACC Legislative Conference is in the books, and – with a new attendance record of nearly 500 members, including strong representation from the Fellows in Training, Cardiovascular Team, Early Career, Cardiovascular Administrators and Women in Cardiology sections – this year was truly one for the ages. Thank you to all attendees and contributors that made this conference such a resounding success!
The highlight of Legislative Conference is face-to-face meetings between ACC members, legislators and their staffs. This year, conference attendees urged lawmakers to support the easing of administrative burdens, funding for clinical research and collaboration across party lines on cardiovascular priorities. Excitingly, the College has already seen significant results from these advocacy efforts. The final Congressional sign-on letter addressing prior authorization burdens, led by Reps. Phil Roe, MD, (R-TN) and Ami Bera, MD, (D-CA), was sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with a total of 103 signatures. Prior to Legislative Conference, the letter had 55 signatures, but through meetings on Capitol Hill, ACC members managed to pick up an additional 48 signatures! ACC members should be commended for this noteworthy achievement. Thank your member of Congress for signing this important letter through the ACC Advocacy Action Alert system.
There are a variety of opportunities to continue your advocacy efforts throughout the year. Stay in contact with your federal and state lawmakers; work with ACC Advocacy staff to host practice visits and lobby days in your state; stay tuned to @Cardiology (Twitter) and the ACC Advocate newsletter for future advocacy information; and, lastly, save the date for next year’s Legislative Conference, taking place Nov. 2 – 5, 2019!