To advance the footprint of emergency medicine in the national political scene in this critical election year, ACEP’s Immediate Past President and President recently participated in the 2016 Democratic and Republican national conventions, respectively. Although ACEP does not endorse presidential candidates, our presence at both conventions offered ACEP leaders and staff exclusive access to members of Congress and their staffs, as well as national Republican and Democratic leaders, and valuable opportunities to network with key health care policymakers and professionals.
ACEP Immediate Past President Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP, attended the Democratic National Convention July 25–28 in Philadelphia, while ACEP President Rebecca Parker, MD, FACEP, attended the Republican Convention July 18–21 in Cleveland. During the conventions, in addition to nominating their respective candidates for president and vice president, Democrats and Republicans adopted their official party platforms.
Many of the opportunities provided at the conventions were a direct result of the clout of ACEP’s political action committee, the National Emergency Medicine PAC. NEMPAC is one of the top medical PACs in the country and consistently raises $2 million per election cycle from ACEP members to assist the campaigns of federal candidates. Our PAC has provided ACEP members with many opportunities to educate candidates about emergency medicine’s priorities and has helped elect legislators who will work to support issues important to ACEP and our patients.
NEMPAC, along with eight other physician specialty and dentist organizations, co-hosted physician community receptions at both conventions. The events offered a watch lounge for delegates and other attendees to stay up-to-date on important convention coverage, as well as live entertainment. Invitations were extended to all members of Congress and key staff members.
If you have not yet made your annual contribution to NEMPAC, now is the time to join thousands of your ACEP colleagues to elevate the voice of emergency medicine in this critical election year. There are tremendous changes occurring in our health care system, and we need the combined voices of all 35,000 ACEP members across the country to ensure that support for and access to emergency care remains a top priority in Congress in 2016 and beyond.
To learn more or to get more involved with NEMPAC, visit NEMPAC or contact NEMPAC staff at 202-727-0610, ext. 3013.