Advocacy & Policy
AGA PAC is the voluntary member, bipartisan political arm of AGA. As the only PAC dedicated to gastroenterology, our mission is to increase our members’ presence on Capitol Hill and support legislators and candidates who protect the needs of GI patients and health care professionals.
AGA PAC: Your voice in Washington
Decisions made by lawmakers in Washington, D.C. today may affect how you provide patient care for years to come. Fortunately, you have a voice on Capitol Hill through the AGA political action committee (PAC), which advocates for policies that support GI clinicians and researchers and access to high-quality care.
AGA PAC supports AGA’s government affairs agenda by contributing to the campaigns of political candidates — regardless of their party affiliation — whose public policy priorities align with our own.
AGA PAC is dedicated to increasing our members’ presence on Capitol Hill and supporting congressional candidates who protect the needs of GI patients and health care professionals.
AGA federal policy priorities
We are calling on Congress to improve the current Medicare physician payment system to ensure continued beneficiary access to care. The Medicare physician payment system’s budget neutrality requirement negatively impacts all physicians and has not kept pace with medical inflation or the cost of providing care to Medicare beneficiaries. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these issues. The current Quality Payment Program (QPP) remains a burden for the majority of gastroenterologists as the current quality measures are not specialty specific, do not reflect the care that GIs provide and has not improved quality or moved GIs closer to a value-based payment system as was the intention of the program. Congress must work to improve this system for physicians and for patients.
We are advocating for long-term, sustainable funding for digestive disease and cancer research that improves the quality of life and life expectancy for patients and also keeps the U.S. competitive in the global marketplace.
Help shape the future
Only AGA members in the U.S. are eligible to donate to the PAC. One hundred percent of contributions go directly to supporting political candidates — all administrative costs are paid by AGA. A bipartisan panel of AGA member gastroenterologists review and approve all candidates supported by the PAC.
Thank you to all the donors that make the AGA PAC possible.
- Peter S. Margolis, MD, AGAF, Chair
- Naresh T. Gunaratnam, MD, AGAF, Governing Board Liaison
- Sarah Heckman, Staff Liaison
- Sadeea Abbasi, MD, PhD
- Nadeem A. Baig, MD
- Jeffrey Crippin, MD
- Laurel R. Fisher, MD, AGAF
- Sonia S. Kupfer, MD
- Arpan A. Patel, MD
- Richard Robbins, MD
- Bertha Toriz, MD
- Negar Yaghooti, MD (trainee member)
- John I. Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF
- Rotonya M. Carr, MD (ex-officio)