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.
Search the database for legislative, legal and regulatory issues currently being
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
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
or email firstname.lastname@example.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 to 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,
email@example.com or call
909-273-6000, or donate
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
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 April 17-18, 2017 for our annual trip to Sacramento. Contact Alison Elsner,
SBCMS Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or give Alison a call at 909-273-6000.
CMA's Annual California Health Care Leadership Academy
Save the Date for the 20th Annual Western Health Care Leadership Academy
on May 5-7, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. With a dramatic shake-up happening in Washington, D.C., the Western Health Care Leadership Academy is the right place and time for leaders who want to stay on top of policy and political changes to shape the future of health care.
Continuing its tradition of excellence, the 2017 Leadership Academy shares 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.
Featured keynote speakers:
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.
For more information, please visit
Together we are stronger. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!
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,
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.