DFA Round Up – February 7, 2018

DFA Round Up – February 7, 2018

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 1- 3rd – DFA’s National Leadership Conference

WHERE:  Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

NEXT STEPS:  We will be emailing out address information next week:  How to register, hotel discounts, agenda and more.  Join hundreds of docs as we expand our White Coats ACTION Network, assess the healthcare landscape, learn additional advocacy techniques, and most importantly meet our friends again.  



Dr Sanjeev Sriram spoke against the tax reform bill in the US Senate in Washington, DC. He stood with patients and families, urging members to vote against the bill because of the effects it would have on future Medicaid and Medicare funding.

Meet Doctors for America’s new Executive Director Jim Duffett. Jim brings nearly 30 years and has been a leader in the healthcare social justice fight for affordable, accessible, and quality care for ALL.

Also happening nationally:

  • DFA’s executive director voiced our support for providing a solution to DACA recipients in Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders’ blog.
  • DFA signed onto multiple letters led by coalition members including topics such as: Demanding Congress reauthorize CHIP funding, protect DACA beneficiaries, provide adequate relief to those affected by natural disasters, and in opposition to the tax cut bill.


Dr Mona Mangat authored an article urging her US Senator to vote to reauthorize CHIP funding, highlighting the millions of Floridian children who depend on the program.


Dr Manisha Sharma was interviewed by local Memphis news about the care she provide care to patients most in need.


Drs Bruce Rector and Katherine Sheirman along with the DFA-NY team joined US Representatives raising awareness of Giving Tuesday for organizations working to protect the care of their patients.

DFA-NY held a house party in New York City on January 29th. Contact us if you are interested in hosting your own state house party.


DFA medical students at the University of Chicago helped organize a rally and march demanding Congress reauthorize CHIP funding in Downtown Chicago. The rally was featured in the Chicago Tribune.

Drs Ram Krishnamoorthi and Philip A. Verhoef penned an op-ed in highlighting the need to reauthorize CHIP funding.


Eamon Duffy, MD/MBA candidate at Yale University organized a medical student phone bank in support of reauthorizing CHIP funding.

Gun Violence Prevention Campaign 

Campaign leader Dr Nina Agrawal received an award for her work on gun violence prevention from the Injury Free Coalition for Kids. View their press release.

Prescription Drug Value, Pricing, and Affordability Campaign 

The DVPAC team endorsed a bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug pricing introduced by US Senator Sanders. View press release showing DFA’s support for the bill.

Dr Bruce Rector and medical student Justin Lowenthal led an roundtable discussion on value-based prescription drug pricing with experts and the Center for American Progress.

Drs Bruce Rector and Ram Krishnamoorthi along with Rena Conti led a lecture on prescription drug pricing at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

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