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Public Policy & Advocacy

ACP New Vision for US Health Care

Maine Chapter Members,
You are probably aware of ACP's comprehensive outline "Better is Possible: The American College of Physicians Vision for the U.S. Health Care System".  The policy papers outline ACP's vision for a better health care system for all.  To view the policy papers click on the links below:
A Call to Action from ACP
Reducing Barriers to Care and Addressing Social Determinants of Heatlh
Coverage and Cost of Care
Health Care Deliveryand Payment System Reform


If you have questions or would like additional information please contact either me (Rebecca Hemphill, Maine Chapter Governor, HEMPHR@mmc.org) or Hani Jarawan, (Maine Chapter HPPC Chair hanijarawan@gmail.com).

Leadership Day on Capitol Hill

After careful consideration, ACP has made the necessary and responsible decision to cancel its annual Leadership Day, scheduled to be held in Washington, DC on May 12-13, 2020. The Executive Committee of the Board of Regents made the determination that we could not effectively go forward with Leadership Day and the related meetings that were to be held that week.

ACP’s decision is based on recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of rapidly escalating concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and in recognition of the vital role of internal medicine physicians in diagnosing, managing and caring for their patients and communities on the front lines. In addition, due to the public health concerns, congressional offices are also taking steps to mitigate the spread of the virus.  At this time, several lawmakers are under self-quarantine; congressional staff could also be inaccessible due to telework, quarantine, or restrictions on visitors entering congressional buildings.

At this point in time, ACP does not believe it will be feasible to reschedule Leadership Day as a face-to-face meeting in 2020, especially given the shortened congressional calendar that typically comes with an election year.  We are exploring ways to virtually offer advocacy and issue training online and perhaps a virtual advocacy day, and will send out information later should we determine that this is feasible. Read more. 


Advocacy Resources

Where the College Stands on key health policy issues, news and recent policy changes.

Visit Legislative Action Center for more information about the new Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn) and the Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award.

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