Now’s the Time to Get Involved! After the Election, What’s Next for GI

October 25, 2012

The role of government is at the center of many public policy issues in this election, and no issue reflects that debate better than health care. The debate and enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also often referred to as “Obamacare,” has been the focal point of many debates across the country and is a key issue in the presidential campaign.

Regardless of who wins the White House and control of Congress in November, GIs need to be prepared for what comes next — both what may change and what is not going away. A budget battle of historic proportions awaits Congress after the elections when legislators face a staggering number of fiscal issues. Both parties agreed to deal with these issues — including Medicare physician reimbursement and NIH funding — during the lame-duck session. Time is running out to avert a serious fiscal crisis.

AGA will continue to push for policies that support the science and practice of gastroenterology. But, we need your help. Learn more about these important issues by participating in upcoming webinars and planning to take part in AGA’s Virtual Advocacy Campaign: Tell Congress To Stop the Cuts on Dec. 4.


Post-election Lame Duck: What This Will Mean for GI
On Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET, Carla Ginsburg, MD, MPH, AGAF, chair, AGA Public Affairs & Advocacy Committee, will host a webinar on issues important to practice. Learn more about the additional hits projected for practice reimbursement, the effect of sequestration on the practice of medicine and quality reporting milestones.

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How Will the Fiscal Cliff Impact Research Programs
On Friday, Nov. 16 at noon ET, Timothy Wang, MD, AGAF, chair, AGA Institute Research Policy Committee, will host a webinar on the future of GI research. Learn more 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.

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AGA Virtual Advocacy Campaign: Tell Congress to Stop the Cuts
Be a part of the first ever AGA Virtual Advocacy Campaign: Tell Congress to Stop the Cuts on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Join GIs from across the country and flood Congress with phone calls during the lame-duck session. Let your lawmakers know that they need to act fast to avert a serious fiscal crisis. If Congress does not take action, GIs will see major cuts on Jan. 1.

  • Practice reimbursement will be slashed 29 percent.
  • Research funding will be cut 8 percent.

Phone calls made to Capitol Hill will flood the switchboards of Congress and could have a major impact on the future of GI. Calling your lawmakers will take only minutes, but the outcome will be long lasting.

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