Society representatives join Rep. John Nygren, who received the AMA’s Nathan Davis Award for his leadership in addressing the opioid epidemic. Pictured are Barbara Hummel, MD, Chris Rasch, Caroline Krause, Jerry Halverson, MD, Rep. Nygren, John Hartman, MD, Molli Rolli, MD, and Don Lee, MD. Wisconsin State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) was honored this week at the American Medical Association’s (AMA) National Advocacy Conference (NAC) in Washington D.C. Nominated by Wisconsin Medical Society President Barbara Hummel, MD, for his efforts to combat Wisconsin’s opioid epidemic, Rep. Nygren won the prestigious Nathan Davis Award in the “member of a state general assembly” category.
Rep. Nygren’s Heroin, Opiate, Prevention and Education (HOPE) Agenda has resulted in 17 new state laws being passed during the last two legislative bienniums. Thanks to his leadership and unanimous bipartisan support in the legislature, Wisconsin is a national leader in addressing the issue of opioid misuse.
In addition to the award ceremony, Society representatives also met with all 10 members of the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation or their staff to discuss a number of issues, including health care reform, as part of the conference. They shared health care reform principles and objectives for both the Society and AMA, and learned that next week the House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up yet-to-be released “repeal and replace” legislation, despite sharp differences that remain over what that health care reform package should look like.
NAC participants included Dr. Hummel; Molli Rolli, MD, chair of the Society’s board of directors; John Hartman, MD, vice chair; Jerry Halverson, MD, immediate past president; Board member Don Lee, MD; and Donn Dexter, MD. Doctor Dexter also attended President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress Tuesday night as the guest of Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse).
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