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 the California Medical Association (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 CMA 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.

Grassroots Action Center: CMA boasts some of the best advocates and lawyers in the Capitol - but YOU are the most powerful advocate. As someone who serves on the front lines of health care delivery, elected officials and policymakers need to hear your voice to make informed policy, legislation and regulations. And you don't need to be a political expert to make an impact - CMA makes it fun and easy! To get started, click here to view campaigns. 

CMA's Legislative Hotlist

CMA's Legislative Hot List summarizes the status of CMA-sponsored bills, as well as the progress of other significant health care legislation. The Hot List represents a small sampling of the hundreds of bills CMA follows during each legislative session.  Subscribe online or call 916-551-2887.   

CMA Legislative Day - April 23-24, 2019 (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 or 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 House of Delegates - October 26-27, 2019 (Anaheim)

CMA's House of Delegates (HOD) convenes annually to debate on the most important issues affecting members, the Association, and the practice of medicine. 

The HOD consists of nearly 500 delegates elected by members of component medical societies, specialty societies, and CMA sections and forums, representing virtually every mode of practice and region of the state. While only Delegates can address the House during Annual Session, any CMA/SBCMS member may present testimony (i.e., speak for or against a recommendation) during the online testimony period of the Major Issues.

  • Year Round Resolution Process

CMA is proud of its resolutions process because it preserves the value of each members perspectives and experience and empowers physicians to shape the ever-changing health care landscape and ensure that CMA is speaking with its members' voice in its advocacy.

Resolutions and reports are posted quarterly for member testimony. Check back often to weigh in on policy proposals submitted by your peers. Members are encouraged to submit a resolution for consideration by the Association. To view more information on the resolution process, SBCMS/CMA members must log on to the CMA website and click the HOD link at the top of the home page.