Legislative Advocacy

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Government affairs, advocacy and "lobbying" are essential in protecting physicians' economic viability, the stability of our entire profession and service to patients. With a strong government relations program, SBCMS and CMA develop, cultivate and maintain vital relationships with policy-makers and ensure timely and accurate exchange of information for all stakeholders. Ultimately, it all adds up to ensuring the highest possible quality of medicine and patient care.

SBCMS is actively involved in medical-related legislation and issues at the federal, state and local levels. The society works closely with the California Medical Association to create awareness of physician concerns at the state capitol level and in Washington DC. Our staff, executive board members and legislative committee members meet frequently with our local, state and federal representatives to ensure progress on critical issues that impact the everyday lives of physicians, medical providers and patients.

Legislative Database: Search the database for legislative, legal and regulatory issues currently being tracked.

Grassroots Advocacy: Register here to find your elected officials, get alerts when your involvement can make a difference in legislation, and register to receive alerts in your RSS feed reader.

Legislative Key Contact Program - Join the Fight to Protect Medicine!
Every cause needs powerful champions, and that means you. By signing up for the Key Contact program, we will give you all the tools you need to quickly and effectively deliver your message to legislators, from talking points to sample letters. For more information call 916.444.5532, or email keycontacts@cmanet.org

Political Action Committees (PACS)

San Bernardino Physicians Political Action Committee (LOPAC)
The San Bernardino Political Action Committee, our "local" county PAC known as LOPAC, is a strong bipartisan effort. Its goal is to support and elect pro-medicine candidates at the county levels by making direct contributions and encouraging attendance at fundraising events for candidates seeking election to County Office.

California Medical Association Political Action Committee (CALPAC)
CMA's Political Action Committee is crucial for supporting and electing key members to the California Legislature in the State Assembly and Senate. Many of these legislators hold significant leadership positions. Active participation in every election cycle ensures the election of candidates who share our philosophy and dedication toward the future of medicine. Critical issues affecting today's physicians are being decided at the local and state political levels at a rapid pace. Join CALPAC today!

To find out more about hosting a fundraising event, making a contribution to either of these PAC's or to simply learn more about our efforts, please email Alison Elsner, SBCMS Executive Director, aelsner@sbcms.org or call 909-273-6000, or donate now.

CMA's Legislative Hotlist

CMA's Legislative Hot List, distributed weekly during the legislative session, follows the progress of CMA-sponsored bills and other bills of interest to physicians as they move through the legislative process. Subscribe online at http://www.cmanet.org/news-and-events/publications/ or call 916-551-2887. Click here to view the latest CMA Legislative Hotlist. 

CMA Legislative Day

2016 Legal Day Sacramento

Each spring the CMA coordinates an exciting day in Sacramento for physicians from throughout the state to visit with their state representatives and/or senior staff members to discuss healthcare related issues that affect their practices and the future of medicine. With meeting headquarters at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, just up the street from Capitol Park, keynote presenters update attendees on current legislation being endorsed or opposed by CMA prior to individual visits with state Senators and Assembly members. SBCMS coordinates all airline flights and legislative appointments, and attendees can look forward to a welcome dinner the night of arrival as well as a breakfast and lunch on "Leg Day" with updates from prominent speakers.

Join us next April 2018 for our annual trip to Sacramento. Contact Alison Elsner, SBCMS Executive Director, at aelsner@sbcms.org or give Alison a call at 909-273-6000.

CMA's Annual California Health Care Leadership Academy

Continuing its tradition of excellence, the 2018 Leadership Academy will share strategies and resources for leadership in health care. You will hear from health care and leadership experts, surrounded by colleagues, physician leaders, and state and federal power players. This conference has everything physicians and health care leaders need to succeed in today's constantly changing health care environment, including professional development, networking opportunities, the latest information in health care and policy, as well as innovative ideas to address emerging health care challenges.

Attendees comprise all levels of health care providers and support, including physicians, nurses, MEC members, board members, administrators, medical group and health plan managers, attorneys, patient advocates and medical students, just to name a few. Check back with us when more information is available.

Together we are stronger. We look forward to seeing you in 2018. 

CMA House of Delegates

Hundreds of physicians convene each fall for the House of Delegates, CMA’s annual meeting where policy is determined and the CMA President-Elect is voted upon.

Physicians from all 53 California counties, representing all modes of practice, meet to discuss healthcare policy issues, and the House of Delegates convenes to debate and act on resolutions and reports dealing with a myriad of medical practice, public health and CMA governance items. Policies adopted by the House are implemented by the Board of Trustees.

The House of Delegates consists of more than 400 elected delegates. Each year the delegates debate and take action on more than 100 resolutions, each of them authored by members. In 2015, the CMA transitioned to a year-round schedule of submitting resolutions and providing online testimony, making the process more accessible and effective.

The next House of Delegates will take place October 21-22, 2017 in Anaheim, California.

SBCMS members must log on to the CMA website, and click the House of Delegates link (yellow at top of home page) to view more information.