Advocacy & Policy
The AGA PAC is a voluntary, non-partisan political organization affiliated with and supported by AGA and the only political action committee supported by a national gastroenterology society. Its mission is to give gastroenterologists a greater presence on Capitol Hill and a more effective voice in policy discussions.
In these uncertain times, decisions made by lawmakers in Washington could change how we care for patients for years to come. Fortunately, gastroenterologists have a voice in Washington through AGA, which works to advance policies that support GI clinicians and researchers and protect our patients. To augment AGA’s government affairs work and advocacy efforts, we formed the AGA Political Action Committee (PAC).
The mission of AGA PAC is to give gastroenterologists a greater presence on Capitol Hill and a more effective voice in policy discussions that affect the science and practice of gastroenterology.
AGA FEDERAL POLICY PRIORITIES
- Patient protections
- We are currently fighting prior authorization policies, working to ensure screening colonoscopy patients don’t receive surprise bills when a polyp is removed, and pushing for an appeals process when inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients are subjected to step therapy (“fail first”) protocols.
- Fair reimbursement for gastroenterologists
- We are working with regulators to create specialty payment models for specialists under the new Quality Payment Program (QPP), to ensure that gastroenterologists are able to participate in advanced alternative payment models that more accurately reflect and account for the type of care they are providing to their patients.
- Increased funding for biomedical research
- Last year our advocacy supported the largest increase to NIH funding in the last decade. This led to an additional 1,149 research grants being awarded. We think there’s potential for more success in the future.
Be a leader in shaping the future of gastroenterology.
Thank you to all the donors that make the AGA PAC possible.
- 2019 AGA PAC Board Members
- Steven L. Carpenter, MD, AGAF, MACP, Chair
- Sangeeta Agrawal, MD, AGAF
- Kevin Ashby, MD, AGAF
- Dale R. Bachwich, MD
- Lisa M. Gangarosa, MD, AGAF, Ex Officio
- Naresh T. Gunaratnam, MD, AGAF, DHPA Liaison
- Joel R. Judah, MD, AGAF
- Thomas A. Kerr, MD, PhD
- Lawrence S. Kim, MD, AGAF, Treasurer
- Peter Scott Margolis, MD, AGAF, Governing Board Liaison
- Calvin Qian Pan, MD, MACP, FACG, FAASLD
- Suzette Rivera MacMurray, MD
- Maged Rizk, MD
- Richard B. Robbins, MD, Trainee Member
- Thomas J. Serena, Assistant Treasurer
- Michael L. Weinstein, MD, DHPA Liaison
- Navneet Buttar, Staff Liaison