Advocacy & Regulation
AGA Is Working For You In Washington
Virtually every day that Congress is in session, AGA representatives are on Capitol Hill advocating for initiatives to advance the science and practice of gastroenterology. We're taking a stand on the top issues facing GIs, including ensuring fair reimbursement for GI procedures, reforming the Medicare payment system, reducing regulatory burden, increasing NIH funding and eliminating colonoscopy cost sharing.
Regulatory issues are a top priority of AGA. We work closely with government and regulatory agencies to ensure the needs of GIs are being met. AGA also works hard to ensure members are kept up-to-date on issues and activities that may directly affect their practice of medicine and care of patients.
AGA interacts with Congress and regulatory agencies to promote and protect the interests of GIs and their patients. We play a leadership role in forming and participating in coalitions on many issues in order to maximize our effectiveness in advocacy campaigns.
It has never been more important for GIs to take part in the legislative process on a local level. We need your help to convey AGA’s message on key public policy priorities to Congress and to establish and strengthen relationships with Congressional offices.
AGA's Congressional Advocates Program
The introduction of the new members is Congress presents a prime opportunity to forge a relationship with your lawmakers. As a constituent, you can request a meeting to discuss issues impacting gastroenterology and your patients. The AGA can help you make appointments and provide tips for an effective meeting. Contact our Political Affairs Manager for more information.
Under the leadership and guidance of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Committee, AGA develops and implements a rigorous public policy agenda, including issues relating to clinical practice and biomedical research and other issues of interest to GIs in the practice and academic environments.
AGA PAC gives gastroenterologists a greater presence on Capitol Hill and a more effective voice on policy discussions that affect the science and practice of gastroenterology. AGA PAC is the only political action committee supported by a national gastroenterology society.
The AGA PAC is only open to physician and trainee members in the U.S.
Take Action Now
Use AGA's online advocacy system to contact your legislators.