AfPA’s National Council of Physician Legislators is a physician led non-partisan forum to promote interstate communication between physicians serving in our state legislatures. With the escalating nexus between government policy and the practice of medicine, the role of the physician-legislator is more significant than ever. With respect to health care issues, physicians serving as elected officials are often in a unique position to shape policy.
Sponsored by the Alliance for Patient Access, the NCPL facilitates the exchange of ideas and policies on issues impacting the practice of medicine. The members currently consist of 40 physician-legislators representing 23 states.
The National Council of Physician Legislators facilitates communication among the physician legislators through the following activities:
- Distribution of a Membership Directory, to facilitate easy connection with peers working on similar issues
- Newsletters, highlighting individual member’s work on healthcare legislation
- Quarterly issue briefs on current legislation
- Informal breakfasts in conjunction with national meetings, including at the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Council of State Governments
In addition, we are developing social media tools to make it easier for the members to share and have a dialogue on recent, timely issues.
Joining the National Council of Physician Legislators
All physicians serving in state legislatures are invited to join the National Council of Physician Legislators. There are no membership dues. To join or inquire more, please contact the facilitator of the National Council of Physician Legislators, Bob Rafferty. Bob can be reached at 515-314-9462 or via email at [email protected]
Health Policy Council E-brief, January 2016
- Health Policy Council newsletter, October 2015: CT Rep. Srinivasan Looks to Restore Physician-Led Health Care; Member Meetings Highlight Health Policy Council Growth
- Patient Access to Hepatitis C Cures
Health Policy Council E-brief, August 2015
- Health Policy Council Newsletter, July 2015: WV Sen. Takubo Secures Oral Parity for Cancer Patients; 2015 Legislative Successes
- Communicating Biosimilar Substitutions
Health Policy Council E-brief, April 2015
- Health Policy Council Newsletter, March 2015: Utah Sen. Shiozawa Expands Access for Children with Autism; Physician Legislators Tackle Health Policy Priorities in 2015
- The Pain Debate – Treatment, Abuse and Deterrence
Health Policy Council E-brief, March 2015
- Health Policy Council Newsletter, December 2014: Oklahoma Sen.-Elect Yen Urges Physicians to Pursue Public Office; Maryland Del.-Elect Clarence Yam Answers “Higher Calling”
- Health Policy Council Newsletter, October 2014: States Face Tough Decisions on Medicaid Dollars and Premature Infant Care
- Health Policy Council Newsletter, June 2014: Trouble in Paradise: Hawaii’s Health Care Challenges
- Health Policy Council Newsletter, March 2014: Prior Authorization Reform and Prescription Drug Shortages
In the News
- Medication crisis; A treatment shortage and the FDA’s passive response to it, is putting lives at risk by Dan K. Morhaim, M.D., Baltimore Sun, January 5, 2014
For more information about this physicians’ working group, contact us.