March 8, 2017
I had the privilege of attending the AMA advocacy conference last week in Washington, D.C. We were fortunate to have balmy weather and were able to appreciate the electricity of anticipation for President Trump's first speech to the joint houses of Congress Tuesday evening.
While in Capitol Hill, we had the opportunity to speak with Representatives Kuster and Shea-Porter and Senator Hassan. We spoke with the health policy staff of Senator Shaheen.
We spoke about the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act's future and what the NHMS and AMA expect a replacement to contain. We also spoke about immigration and how changes to immigration, specifically the J1 visa program, would greatly impact our provision of healthcare in New Hampshire as many communities rely on this program. Finally, we spoke about the high cost of prescription drugs and the need for bipartisan efforts to make them more affordable.
For me, it was a great learning experience. I was able to travel with very experienced colleagues - Drs. Georgia Tuttle and William Kassler. Our Executive Vice President, Jim Potter, also has extensive experience in Washington and was able to help interpret the "tea-leaves" of the discussion we had with our representatives.
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Deborah Harrigan, MD