DFA Round Up – Sept 2, 2018

Executive Director Jim Duffett was quoted in the Washington Post about the role physicians play on the campaign trail.
DFA submitted a letter of opposition to U.S. Senate Leadership in opposition to SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. View our letter.
“Amplifying the Physicians Voice in the 2018 Election – Expert Call” – DFA Board Member Justin Lowenthal, MD/PhD Candidate led a call along with Andrew Goldstein, MD; Medical Student Avanthi Jayaweera, and Perry Tsai, MD/PhD. If you missed our call view our recording in September here.
“DFA Opposition to SCOTUS Nominee Kavanaugh – Expert Call”  DFA Board Member Dr B. Cameron Webb led a call with various organizations including The Leadership Conference, Health Care for America Now, The Brady Campaign, National Women’s Law Center, and Demand Justice to discuss the effects the SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh will have on our patients and what we can do to oppose his nomination. To hear the recording visit our website in September.
DFA Board Member Dr Joe Kanter spoke with Fox 8 about the need to build a strong relationship between patients and their primary care physician and help avoid ER visits.
Dr Meghana Rao and medical student Justin Lowenthal hosted Dr Diane Horvath-Cosper to explain the Title X proposed rule and implications for women’s health and then attendees submitted public comments.
DFA Maryland members attended a press conference in opposition of Title X. It was hosted by Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen and Mayor Catherine Pugh. Also present were both Maryland Senators (Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen) and and all three of Baltimore’s House Representatives.
Executive Director Jim Duffett met with a coalition of physicians to brainstorm about ways physicians can have a larger impact on public policy in the state.
After a one year effort, DFA Board Chair Dr. Scott Poppen wrapped up signature gathering for Utah’s Medicaid expansion ballot initiative, Utah Decide Healthcare. Thanks to the work of 1000 volunteer signature gathers, the Campaign turned in more that 195,000 signatures collected across the state to provide healthcare coverage to more than 150,000 Utahns and capture over $800 million in federal tax dollars.  The initiative, now called Proposition 3, next heads to the November ballot with polling showing strong public support.
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