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National Advocacy

FGS & DDNC: A Powerful Alliance

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For years, FGS has been a proud partner of the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC), representing gastroenterologists’ viewpoints in Washington, D.C. The DDNC, a respected leader for over three decades, advocates nationally for patients, professionals, and all stakeholders in the digestive disease community. Recognized for its influence and credibility, the DDNC plays a pivotal role in shaping healthcare policies on Capitol Hill and beyond.

Influencing Healthcare Reform

The DDNC has been instrumental in representing digestive disease interests in health care reform. Key initiatives include establishing a Digestive Disease Congressional Caucus and advocating for significant legislation such as the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research Enhancement Act (H.R.2275/S.981), building on the success of previous legislative achievements.

Annual Public Policy Forum

Each March, the DDNC hosts its Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. This event is a cornerstone for advocacy, focusing on securing funding for gastroenterological disease research and discussing legislation for cost-effective patient care improvements.

Review Our Impact

Delve into the accomplishments and discussions from the most recent Public Policy Forum here.
2018 Public Policy Forum Summary

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Recent Activity in Washington

The House bipartisan leadership has introduced H.R. 2, Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The legislation includes an SGR repeal that transitions physicians to a more value-based payment system, reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years, and outlines Medicare extenders and structural reforms to the Medicare program. Since the legislation has bipartisan support in the House, the leadership is hopeful that it will easily pass despite some opposition from conservative Republicans over not paying for the entire package.

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