Advocacy & Policy

Support the PAC

AGA PAC gives gastroenterologists a greater presence on Capitol Hill and an effective voice on discussions that affect the science and practice of gastroenterology including prior authorization and step therapy.

For years, Congressional leaders have promised to correct inequities in the Medicare physician reimbursement formula and to provide adequate biomedical research funding. Unfortunately, Congress has not made good on these promises despite our strong alliances on Capitol Hill. While AGA can count major legislative policy accomplishments, including short-term reimbursement solutions and the creation of the National Commission on Digestive Diseases, we still have a long way to go to ensure that the future of GI is vibrant.

To augment our advocacy efforts and visibility among key leaders in Washington, D.C., we formed the AGA Political Action Committee (AGA PAC). The mission of AGA PAC is to give gastroenterologists greater presence on Capitol Hill and a more effective voice in policy discussions that affect the science and practice of gastroenterology.

We will work with you to achieve our common goals by supporting candidates who take action on issues important to gastroenterologists, providing a forum to state our case to Congress and establishing direct relationships between gastroenterologists and members of Congress. Building these new relationships will take time, so we must start the process now.

AGA PAC is the only political action committee supported by a national gastroenterology society.

Every step we take will be designed to strengthen the future of your practice, your research and your livelihood. AGA PAC will work to:

  • Obtain reasonable Medicare reimbursement rates.
  • Increase federal funding for biomedical research.
  • Encourage medical liability reform.
  • Ease regulatory burdens on gastroenterologists.

AGA PAC is only open to full AGA members in the U.S. If you’re a nurse practitioner, physician assistant or practice manager and want to learn more about AGA PAC, contact Navneet Buttar, 240-482-3221.

Board of Advisors

A board of directors, led by AGA PAC Co-Chairs Stephen W. Hiltz, MD, AGAF, and F. Taylor Wootton III, MD, AGAF, administers the AGA PAC. Appointed by the AGA Governing Board, the AGA PAC Board carefully researches each key Congressman or Senator who is instrumental in formulating health care legislation. After careful review and discussion, the committee creates a contribution strategy and decides which candidates should receive the support of the AGA PAC.

The board ensures that the AGA PAC maintains the highest ethical standards and adheres to federal election laws governing contributions. This strong leadership and high-level stewardship ensures that your contributions are spent in the most effective manner.

Stephen W. Hiltz, MD, MBA, AGAF

Stephen W. Hiltz, MD, MBA, AGAF
(co-chair)

F. Taylor Wootton III, MD, AGAF

F. Taylor Wootton III, MD, AGAF
(co-chair)

Lawrence S. Kim, MD, AGAF

Lawrence S. Kim, MD, AGAF
(treasurer)

Thomas J. Serena, MBA, CPA

Thomas J. Serena, MBA, CPA
(assistant treasurer)

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Sangeeta Agrawal, MD, AGAF

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Kevin Ashby, MD, AGAF

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Dale R. Bachwich, MD

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Brent Richard Burnette, MD

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Joel R. Judah, MD, AGAF

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Thomas A. Kerr, MD, PhD

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Anca I. Pop, MD, MBA, AGAF

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Suzette Rivera MacMurray, MD

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Adam F. Steinlauf, MD

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Richard B. Robbins, MD
(trainee member)

Lawrence S. Kim, MD, AGAF

Lisa M. Gangarosa, MD, AGAF
(ex-officio)

AGA Institute is a separate entity from AGA and does not participate in political activities nor financially support AGA PAC.