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Physicians meet with lawmakers during Advocacy Day

Release Date: April 12, 2013
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

MADISON — More than 100 physicians and health care leaders from across the state met with legislators and their staffs today during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s annual Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. Participants discussed four key issues: the state’s Medicaid budget, medical education funding, legislation that promotes statements of apology or condolence following an unexpected health care event (Apology Bill) and legislation that clarifies the state’s informed consent law for physicians.

“Because state legislation often affects the health care Wisconsin residents receive, it’s important that physicians share their unique perspectives with lawmakers as they address these complex issues,” said Molli Rolli, MD, chair of the Society’s Board of Directors. “This year’s event occurs during Wisconsin’s biennial budget session hearings, which makes it even more important that state legislators hear from us – their constituents.”

Specialty societies participating included the Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists, Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, Wisconsin Psychiatric Association and Wisconsin Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

After a legislative update from Mark Grapentine, the Society’s senior vice president for government relations, Advocacy Day participants heard from State Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance. Rep. Nygren discussed the 2013-2015 state budget and other issues currently before the State Legislature.

Held in conjunction with the Society’s Annual Meeting in Madison this weekend, Advocacy Day offers physicians and other health care professionals the opportunity to hear from state policy makers and discuss health care policy issues with legislators and their staffs.

With more than 12,000 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.