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. 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.
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
F. Taylor Wootton III, MD, AGAF
Lawrence S. Kim, MD, AGAF
Thomas J. Serena, MBA, CPA
Sangeeta Agrawal, MD, AGAF
Kevin Ashby, MD, AGAF
Dale R. Bachwich, MD
Brent Richard Burnette, MD
Joel R. Judah, MD, AGAF
Thomas A. Kerr, MD, PhD
Anca I. Pop, MD, MBA, AGAF
Suzette Rivera MacMurray, MD
Adam F. Steinlauf, MD
Richard B. Robbins, MD
Lisa M. Gangarosa, MD, AGAF
AGA Institute is a separate entity from AGA and does not participate in political activities nor financially support AGA PAC.