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e-Reports, April 5, 2010
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Resolutions are important to your ISMA because they provide direction on policy and legislative issues. Review last week’s Legislative News and you’ll recognize issues supported or opposed by resolutions introduced by your colleagues.

Mark your calendar!

You won’t want to miss ISMA’s 161st Annual Convention, Sept. 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency downtown Indianapolis. Save the date and watch future ISMA Reports for details.

ISMA President Fred Ridge, M.D., notes that resolutions help improve the organization.

“Resolutions provide a way for our members to bring issues before their peers,” he said. “People think no one listens, but resolutions encourage discussion in our House of Delegates. It’s a great way to get involved.”

Now is the time to prepare a resolution for the Sept. 24-26 annual convention at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis.

Submitting a resolution
Here are some important guidelines for writing an effective resolution:

  • Begin with a clear action or stand you would like the ISMA to take on an issue and the reasons why.
  • Write a short title.
  • Include your name or the names of ISMA members introducing the resolution.
  • Develop one or more “Whereas” statements explaining the issue and why ISMA action is requested.
  • Conclude with one or more “Resolve” statements that must stand alone and say what you want the ISMA to do in a clear and specific action plan. For example: “Resolved, that the ISMA seek legislation at the state level requiring health insurers to end the practice of rescission.”

The ISMA staff will help you prepare a resolution; just call (800) 257-4762 or (317) 261-2060. Only ISMA members may submit resolutions. The deadline is July 26.

Presenting to reference committees
Submitted resolutions are assigned to one of four reference committees. Authors of resolutions are asked to provide additional background information to committee members to explain or support the issue.

Reference committees will meet Saturday morning, Sept. 25. You or a designated representative will be asked to attend and respond to questions.

See last year’s resolutions on the ISMA Web site.

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