2019 kicked off the 100th legislature in Michigan ushering in newly-elected lawmakers and many fresh faces to Lansing. In an effort to get to know or become reacquainted with lawmakers each new legislative session, MSMS has historically hosted a New Lawmaker Reception at its headquarters in East Lansing. This year, the decision was made to take our reception on the road. In partnership with several county medical societies, events were hosted in various locations around the satate. Each event had its own unique mix of attendees and tone but the theme across all was the same: our physician members are here to help you navigate the complicated health policy landscape and enact policies that are best for physicians and the patients they serve. These events afforded the opportunity for MSMS members and lawmakers to gather locally and discuss the issues that will be front and center of MSMS advocacy efforts in the 2019-2020 legislative session, including reining in onerous prior authorization processes, addressing the opioid epidemic, and finding ground on common sense changes to the auto no-fault system.
MSMS Hosts New Lawmaker Luncheon
On Wednesday, February 6, MSMS hosted a New Lawmaker Luncheon at the Binsfeld Senate Office Building. The lunch was followed by a meeting of the MSMS Legislation and Regulations Committee – the society’s panel of members that vet and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on various legislative and regulatory proposals impacting physicians and patients. The luncheon offered an opportunity for MSMS committee members to get to know lawmakers and ignite substantive discussions around MSMS’s advocacy platform and priorities.
A Look Ahead at MSMS Grassroots Activity in 2019
Residency and Fellow Section Advocacy Days | Wednesday, March 6, March 13, March 20
MSMS invites our residency and fellowship section to join one of our upcoming Residency and Fellow Section (RFS) Advocacy Days. The advocacy day will cover those issues that cut across all specialties, specifically graduate medical education (GME). With the new Governor and several new lawmakers in office, and in the midst of the spring budget discussion, this will be a ripe time to discuss the importance of GME. Register here>>
Legislative Spring Break In-District Meetings | March 24 - April 7
MSMS plans to organize meetings across the state while the legislature is on spring break. This provides the opportunity for our physician members and their patients to educate lawmakers about prior authorization and share their stories.
Medical Students Section Annual Lobby Day | Wednesday April 10, 2019
The MSMS Medical Student Section (MSS) invites medical students from across the state to join us for a unique advocacy experience on April 10 in Michigan’s capitol. The purpose of this event is to engage the next generation of physicians in the legislative process by providing knowledge, skills, and opportunity to successfully advocate on behalf of your patients and the medical profession. Please Register Register Here>>
Summer Roundtable Discussions on Prior Authorization | July - August
MSMS -- in partnership with the county medical societies -- plans to hold a series of roundtable discussions between physicians and lawmakers dedicated to the topic of prior authorization. Our goals for the roundtable discussion are to educate lawmakers about the physician experience with prior authorization and how it impacts patient care.
White Coats On-Call | Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday while the legislature is in session
While the legislature is in session, you can schedule your own personalized visit on your own timetable. You will have the chance to meet with your local legislators, view hearings and floor sessions and tour the Capitol building. MSMS staff will accompany you to meetings, provide a robust program with guided bill updates, agenda and lunch.
For additional information or to register for any grassroots activity please contact Amber Dunlop at or 517/336-5781.