We had a successful day at the legislature on Tuesday, February 15. Twenty osteopathic physicians, 27 osteopathic medical students, and two supporters of the D.O. profession gathered at the State Capitol for an exciting day of legislative visits (31 in all) and networking with fellow physicians and our elected representatives. We shared information about health information exchange and offered our health expertise to the legislators should they have questions in the future. We made personal connections that should be meaningful. Dr. Jim Dearing served as "Doctor of the Day." Senator Bartos, chair of the Senate Health Committee, took time out of her day to address attendees and answer questions. We also met with Beth Kohler Lazar, the Governor's Deputy Director for Health Policy, in the Governor's tower. She spoke with us about AZ's plans during the emerging changes in health care and also had a question and answer session with participants. as usual, our wonderful AOMA staff put together a fantastic event.
Remember that being involved in the legislative process gives osteopathic physicians a seat at the health policy table.