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Public Policy & Advocacy

Have a voice in NE Legislation

As a chapter, we are always watching bills coming through the Nebraska legislature.  Do you have opinions on current legislation?  Or perhaps you have a connection to a Nebraska lawmaker and would like to make contact with Chapter leaders.  If so, please take a moment to email the chairs of the chapter Health & Public Policy Committee, Dr. Richard J. Seitz or Dr. Grant Turner.

2020 Leadership Day Funding Applications Available

ACP Leadership Day will be held on May 12-13, 2020, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC.  This two-day event enables the College to increase its presence on Capitol Hill and bring our issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers.

Again this year, our Chapter will underwrite the travel of one medical student and one resident to attend Leadership Day in Washington, DC.  All other Chapter members are welcome to attend at their own expense.  

Chapter members who participate in Leadership Day will receive advocacy training, an update on the College's legislative priorities, briefings from Members of Congress, Administration officials and key Capitol Hill staffers, and an opportunity to meet with Nebraska's elected officials. A special briefing for Residents/Fellows-in-Training and medical students is also provided.

If you are a medical student or resident specializing in Internal Medicine, apply today for a chance to attend Leadership Day with travel expenses paid by the Chapter!  Click here to find the application, due by Feb. 23, 2020.
 

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.

State Health Policy Pages

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