WCMS Legislative Advocacy Efforts
WCMS strives to remain bipartisan and to serve as a vehicle for the distribution of healthcare related policy information to our members. Our legislative advocacy focus is to preserve the physician-patient relationship and to keep legislation out of the exam room. Through these efforts we encourage all physicians to educate themselves on the various issues facing their patients and the practice of medicine and become actively engaged in the legislative process.
"Communicating and developing relationships with our legislators is important if physicians are to have influence in our state government. It was a privilege to meet with our lawmakers. I was impressed by the consideration given to our concerns from representatives of both parties. I definitely will return to the state capital for further physician advocacy and I encourage my colleagues to do the same."
- S. Mark McNeill, MD (Trillium Family Medicine)
Our legislative advocacy strategy includes:
- Issuing and publicizing WCMS position statements as determined by the Board of Directors.
- Helping physicians build positive relationships with legislators; for example, via local visits and attending NCMS’s White Coat Wednesdays in Raleigh.
- Facilitating opportunities for physicians who identify a legislative issue to connect with other like-minded physicians and the appropriate legislators.
- During election years, conducting a virtual candidate forum on our website in advance of election day. We ask candidates to share their position on key healthcare related issues with our members.
- During election years, posting fundraising events on our website.
- Supporting medicine-friendly candidates through NCMS’ Political Action Committee (PAC).
If you would like to get involved with our legislative advocacy efforts please contact our CEO.
"Being in Raleigh reminds you that our voice matters! Legislators from both sides of the aisle were welcoming and attentive as we explained our concerns about the STOP Act (Narcotics) and proposed legislation concerning non-physicians’ scope of practice. I think our personal stories mean a lot to them, and it was rewarding to be part of the effort to improve the legislation that will have a direct impact on our patients and the practice of medicine."
- Samantha Read-Smith, MD (Asheville Hospitalist Group