After the Election: Fiscal Cliff Looms in Congress

November 08, 2012

After a contentious election, the status quo remains in Washington, D.C., with President Obama remaining in the White House, the Democrats retaining control of the Senate and the Republicans retaining control in the House. Read more about the election.

There is a lot of work to be done, even before the inauguration of new government officials. AGA will continue to push for policies that support the science and practice of gastroenterology.

Congress Lame-Duck Session
A budget battle of historic proportions awaits Congress when they return to Washington at the end of November. Legislators face a staggering number of fiscal issues — including an 8 percent research funding cut and fixing a 29 percent Medicare physician reimbursement cut — that both political parties agreed to postpone until a planned post-election lame-duck session of Congress. Time is running out, however, and Congress must act soon to avert a serious fiscal crisis.

What can you do to protect your practice?

Learn more about the issues: On Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET, join Carla H. Ginsburg, MD, MPH, AGAF, chair, AGA Public Affairs & Advocacy Committee, for a webinar during which you will hear the latest on hits projected for practice reimbursement, the effect of sequestration on the practice of medicine and quality reporting milestones. Register Now

On Friday, Nov. 16 at noon ET, join Timothy C. Wang, MD, AGAF, chair, AGA Institute Research Policy Committee, for a webinar during which you will learn about the effect of sequestration on research funding and the outlook for federal agencies, including NIH, CDC, the Department of Defense, the Veterans’ Administration and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Register Now

Contact your lawmaker: Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Dec. 4, to be a part of the first ever AGA Virtual Advocacy Campaign. Join GIs from across the country and flood Congress with phone calls during the lame-duck session. We must tell lawmakers to protect medicine and our patients, and avert a serious fiscal crisis. You will receive more information on this important day as it draws closer.

Read more about what’s at stake.

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