Governmental Affairs Committee Update
Chair: Kevin McCarthy, BA, CNIM
The monitors on ASET’s Governmental Advocacy Committee (GAC) have spent a very busy few weeks watching the bills that have been introduced in state legislatures across the country since the beginning of the year. At the present time, 35 state legislatures and the District of Columbia are all in session. One legislative issue that continues to be a focus is occupational licensing reform but the related legislation mostly deals with reciprocal licensing between states, and making sure those with criminal history are able to secure employment as long as the offense was not related to the profession for which the person is applying.
Another issue that we are now keeping a close watch on is billing and reimbursement legislation. A bill introduced in Indiana was amended to allow insurance companies to reimburse health care services provided to outside hospital campuses to be reimbursed at a lower rate. Because of strong opposition to the language, the amendment was removed and the bill passed without providing for the reduction in reimbursement rates to those providing health care services outside a hospital setting. Hopefully this type of language will not make its way into bills in other states.
ASET’s GAC liaison continues to work with state chapters on advocacy efforts and strategies toward achieving licensure. State chapters or licensure committees interested in scheduling ASET’s presentation on licensure and advocacy, please contact Jennifer Montgomery, Governmental and Grassroots Advocacy Manager, at (816) 944-3249 (direct) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Liaison: Jennifer K. Montgomery, BA
Committee Members: Scott Blodgett, MBA, R. EEG T., RPSGT, RST; Tina Denison, R. EEG. T.; Gina DiCarlo, CNIM, BS, AS; Roberta Esfandiarfard, R. EEG T.; Jeannette Garcia, R. EEG T.; Kathryn Hansen, BS, R. EEG T., CPC; Marie Hamid, AS, R. EEG T.; Mark Helderman, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM; Karen Hordienko, AS, R. EEG T.; Kevin McCarthy, BA, CNIM ; Keith Morgan, MBA, R. EEG T.; Kristina Port, MPA, R. EEG/EP T., RPSGT, CNIM; Tarilla Redick, R. EEG T.; Kristin Roberts, AS, R. EEG/EP T.; Joe Soto, R. EP T. & CNIM; Lee Traweek, CEO.
- IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ON AN ISSUE TO LEAVE BEHIND after a meeting, make sure it is no more than one page. Elected officials and their aides often have limited time and have to scan materials very quickly. The longer it is, the less information they have time to retain (less is more!).
- A SUCCESSFUL ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN is a long-haul proposition. It is not designed for instant gratification.
- IT IS UP TO YOU to educate your elected officials. Don’t assume they know about your industry – assume they know nothing about what you do.