American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

2016 Elections Report

Donald Trump has won the 2016 Presidential election in a historic upset. Republicans now control the White House and both chambers of Congress for the first time since 2006. With the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) still one of Congress’s top priorities, major changes in our healthcare system are once again on the horizon and changes will have a significant impact on you and your patients. With an estimated twenty million Americans having gained health insurance since the bill passed in 2010, including six million young adults, the patient impact of a repeal alone will be significant if the ACA is not replaced with a plan that prevents newly-insured individuals from losing coverage. Officials in the nation’s Capital have made it clear that healthcare will be a high priority in the upcoming years. President-elect Trump has laid out his plan for his first 100 days in office, which includes several major healthcare-related initiatives:

  • Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)
  • Permit the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines
  • Allow states great flexibility in managing Medicaid funds
  • Reduce the bureaucratic red tape at the FDA to speed the approval process for life-saving medications

With a Republican-backed Congress, these initiatives have the potential to move forward quickly. And these changes are guaranteed to affect you and your patients—but how are federal legislators, most with no medical experience whatsoever, supposed to be aware of the issues impacting endocrinologists?

Our government representatives can only push for our interests if we continue to communicate our interests to them. Imagine having a patient who does not tell you they are experiencing symptoms, yet expects you to treat them anyway! That is how important communication with your elected officials is. By telling them the challenges you and your patients face in acquiring and maintaining treatment, they can become aware and work toward solving the problem. There can be no effective treatment otherwise.

Now is the time to sign-up as an AACE Key Contact and get an early start establishing and building a relationship with your federally elected representatives. AACE grassroots participation in legislative advocacy is essential and becoming an AACE Key Contact is a simple, yet extremely important, step to ensuring that clinical endocrinologists and their patients have a voice on Capitol Hill. AACE Key Contacts serve as liaisons between AACE and the 435 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the 100 Members of the U.S. Senate.

Whether your Members of Congress are returning to office or have been elected for the first time, you want to be sure to congratulate them and begin the process of introducing yourself and becoming their trusted resource on healthcare issues. The AACE Key Contact Program provides resources and support for AACE members who serve as a Key Contact and are the liaison between their Members of Congress and AACE. The AACE Key Contact Program is the cornerstone of AACE advocacy activities and is not possible without your involvement.

Now is the time to take action! Working together, every AACE member can make a difference.

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Resources:

Review Members of the 115th Congress

Sample Congratulatory / Introductory Letter Send Electronically Word Doc

Current Congressional Members

U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate

Congressional Committee Membership

U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate

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