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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.

AGA PAC

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. AGA has achieved major legislative policy accomplishments, including short-term reimbursement solutions and the creation of the National Commission on Digestive Diseases, but we still have a long way to go to ensure that the future of GI is vibrant.

To strengthen 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 increase our members’ presence on Capitol Hill and support legislators who protect the needs of GI patients and health care professionals.

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.

AGA PAC Statement on 2021-22 Contributions

With the start of the new administration and Congress, the AGA PAC Board, a bipartisan group of AGA members, reviewed our contribution criteria, which take into account a candidate’s support of pro-gastroenterology policy priorities, relationships with AGA members, and roles in leadership and on key health committees. In 2021, we will consider a new factor: a candidate’s involvement in the disruption of the democratic process that took place at the U. S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

We will not make AGA PAC contributions in the 2021-22 election cycle to the 147 members of Congress who voted against certifying the electoral votes for President of the United States. The disruption of certification and the members of Congress who facilitated it imperiled our democracy.

The AGA PAC Board and the AGA Governing Board takes our role as stewards of AGA members’ contributions seriously and did not make this decision lightly. We remain committed to supporting candidates — regardless of party — who are dedicated to advancing our policy priorities and promoting good governance.

We appreciate your membership and support of AGA PAC. Through AGA PAC, we have given GI a stronger presence and voice on Capitol Hill and have been successful in advancing policy priorities that help gastroenterologists and our patients.

We remain committed to working on a bipartisan basis to find solutions to the problems our country faces. We hope that you will continue to support AGA advocacy efforts and welcome your feedback and suggestions.  

AGA PAC Board of Advisors

Steven L. Carpenter, MD, AGAF, MACP Chair

Lawrence S. Kim, MD, AGAF Treasurer

Peter Scott Margolis, MD, AGAF Governing Board Liaison

Lisa M. Gangarosa, MD, AGAF ex officio

Dale R. Bachwich, MD

Joel R. Judah, MD, AGAF

Thomas A. Kerr, MD, PhD

Sonia S. Kupfer, MD, AGAF

Calvin Qian Pan, MD, MACP, FACG, FAASLD

Suzette Rivera MacMurray, MD

Maged Rizk, MD, AGAF

Bertha E. Toriz, MD

Richard B. Robbins, MD

AGA Governing Board

Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, AGAF, Chair

Bishr M. Omary, MD, PhD, AGAF, Chair-elect

John M. Inadomi, MD, AGAF, Vice Chair

John M. Carethers, MD, AGAF

Lawrence S. Kim, MD, AGAF, Secretary/Treasurer

Nicholas O. Davidson, MD, DSc, AGAF

Lin Chang, MD, AGAF

Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF

Michael L. Kochman, MD, AGAF

David A. Katzka, MD, AGAF

Peter S. Margolis, MD, AGAF

Michael L. Weinstein, MD, AGAF

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.

Steven L. Carpenter, MD, AGAF, MACP Chair
Lawrence S. Kim, MD, AGAF Treasurer
Peter Scott Margolis, MD, AGAF Governing Board Liaison
Lisa M. Gangarosa, MD, AGAF ex officio
Dale R. Bachwich, MD
Joel R. Judah, MD, AGAF
Thomas A. Kerr, MD, PhD
Sonia S. Kupfer, MD, AGAF
Calvin Qian Pan, MD, MACP, FACG, FAASLD
Suzette Rivera MacMurray, MD
Maged Rizk, MD, AGAF
Bertha E. Toriz, MD
Richard B. Robbins, MD

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

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