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Advocate for your patients this legislative session
e-Reports, November 8, 2010
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During the ISMA’s House of Delegates in September, AMPAC Board Member John Poole, M.D., said, “If you are in medicine, you are in politics.”

In January, the Indiana legislature will begin a new session. While you don’t have to run for office, the ISMA can help you advocate for your patients and your profession when lawmakers debate bills that will impact health care.

Here are three simple steps:

  1. Plan to attend Medicine Day at the Statehouse on Wednesday, Feb. 2. You can attend a breakfast briefing at the Marriott Hotel downtown Indianapolis to learn about ISMA’s top priorities for the legislative session and have lunch with your lawmakers. You are encouraged to call your state legislator to schedule a meeting that day to discuss issues important to you and your patients.
  2. Volunteer as Physician of the Day. In one day, you can meet legislators from around the state and complete your volunteer service. Volunteers are needed during January and March. The program allows you to treat minor ailments of state legislators and their staffs while gaining an insider’s view of the legislative process.
  3. Become a Key Contact and agree to call or write lawmakers at critical times when bills are stalling or approaching a vote.

For information about these programs or to register, contact ISMA’s Sally Pierson at (800) 257-4762 or (317) 261-2060 or go here.

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