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supports pro-medicine candidates, as well as provides
interested members with advice on organizing local fundraising
events for legislative candidates and advises members interested
in seeking public office. If you're not a current PAMPAC
member, learn more and join 500+ of your colleagues in
adding your voice at www.pampac.org.

Political Meet and Greets
Given the sheer volume of bills introduced each legislative
session, it should come as no surprise that lawmakers often
find themselves unable to digest the details of each proposal.
While PAMED, through its legislative staff, works to inform
and educate policymakers, when a local physician reaches
out to their representative or senator, the result is even more
effective. Personal relationships between legislators and their
physician constituents is the ideal of legislative advocacy.
Political campaign meet and greets are often the first chance
that physician constituents have to meet a candidate for office
or an already elected lawmaker. Meet and greets offer the
opportunity for physicians to establish a relationship with their
local lawmakers that allows them to educate lawmakers on
important health care issues. During the last few months of the
election cycle, a total of four meet and greets were hosted and
100 physicians attended.

PAMPAC FUNDS
PAMPAC uses member contributions to support the
election and retention of pro-medicine candidates. PAMPAC
also campaigns against vulnerable incumbent legislators
who consistently vote against the interests of patients and
physicians. Through PAMPAC, members have a highly visible
impact on the election process and help shape the future of
reforms such as medical liability, patients' rights legislation,
and insurance contract reform. Below is a snapshot of political
contributions given and dues received over the past three years:

Fundraisers
PAMPAC supports pro-medicine candidates running for
the Pennsylvania state legislature or statewide office. During
the 2017-2018 legislative session, PAMPAC hosted three
fundraisers, www.pamedsoc.org - 855-PAMED4U (855-7263348) - KnowledgeCenter@pamedsoc.org 6 engaging 100
physicians and raising $17,500 in order to make the physician
voice stronger in the legislature.

District Visits
As we all know, relationships are not built by people who
talk at one another. Relationships of any substance are built
on a foundation of trust. The PAMED Government Relations
team works diligently to build trust with lawmakers when
representing Pennsylvania physicians. In the last few months
of the legislative session, PAMED's Government Relations
team met with 11 lawmakers and their staff in their districts
to advance PAMED's legislative priorities and advocacy topics.
This, of course, was in addition to the countless informal
discussions in the halls and offices of the Capitol on session days.

A LOOK AHEAD
The 201st regular session of the General Assembly convenes
on the first Tuesday in January 2019, when House and
Senate members are sworn in for two- and four-year terms,
respectively. Selection of committee chairs, several of which are
of significant importance to PAMED, will be announced after
legislators are officially sworn in in early January.
As we look ahead to the 2019-2020 session, we have a lot
of work to do to protect and advance the practice of medicine
in Pennsylvania. Crucial to PAMED's success, however, is
sustained physician involvement. When individual physicians
speak up and make their voice heard, organized medicine is
strongest.
To become a PAMPAC member, visit
www.pampac.org.
To learn more about PAMED's 2018 advocacy
priorities, visit www.pamedsoc.org/advocacy.

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