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AGA joins Specialty Docs to advance crucial health policies in Congress

Top advocates, including AGA Government Affairs Committee Chair, Rotonya Carr, MD, call on lawmakers to take action on current issues like Medicare reimbursement cuts.

Leading GI advocates met with federal policymakers as a part of the Alliance of Specialty Medicine’s fall virtual fly-in, to discuss top health policies impacting our community:

GI was well represented by 11 of our top advocates, who met with lawmakers and shared personal anecdotes on current issues impacting and burdening the delivery of specialty care. Of the attendees, AGA Government Affairs Committee Chair, Rotonya Carr, MD, engaged with many of the policymakers on the issue of prior authorization and its impact on delivery of care to our patients. Additionally, numerous policymakers discussed the need for more advanced biomedical research and the current gaps in research. Dr. Carr encouraged several lawmakers to support increased research for GI cancers and diseases and the growing liver disease epidemic.

AGA appreciates the following GI leaders for their participation:

  • Maged Rizk, MD, AGAF – Ohio
  • Suzette Rivera, MD – Puerto Rico
  • Danny Issa, MD – California
  • Claudia Gruss, MD, AGAF – Connecticut
  • Shawn Shah, MD – Texas
  • Deborah Proctor, MD, AGAF – Connecticut
  • Avi Ketwaroo, MD – Texas
  • Shazia Siddique, MD – Pennsylvania
  • Lisa Gangarosa, MD, AGAF – North Carolina
  • Sarah Streett, MD, AGAF – California

The event was especially timely as Congress continues to outline a year-end health care package. AGA is working with congressional champions to address Medicare reimbursement cuts by the end of the year. If left unaddressed, GIs on average could face cuts of up to $9,300.

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