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Federal and State Regulatory and Legislative Issues

Financial Resources Available to Assist Surgeons

On Thursday, May 14, at 8:00 pm Eastern, the American College of Surgeons will host the third in a series of webinars during the COVID-19 crisis. This webinar, Advocating for Your Financial Security in a Post-COVID World, will focus on the key financial issues that the ACS is advocating in Washington, DC. Fellows can register for the webinar. Fellows can access the recordings of the previous financial webinars.

In addition, the American College of Surgeons Practice Protection Committee has updated its Financial Resources Available to Assist Surgeons and Medical Malpractice Resources. These resources, respectively, are available here and here.

Members of Congress Urge Inclusion of Mental Health Resources in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

This week, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and 90 other members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to the U.S. House of Representatives leadership urging that future legislation aimed at addressing the COVID-19 pandemic include mental health resources for frontline health care personnel.

The bipartisan letter, which the American College of Surgeons (ACS) supports, specifically urges the establishment of a grant program within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow health care employers or facilities to confidentially assess and treat the mental health of health care workers who are providing care to COVID-19 patients.

In addition, the letter calls for HHS to conduct a comprehensive study on health care personnel mental health and to find ways to mitigate the long-term psychological impact on health care professionals who have treated COVID-19 patients. For more information, contact ACS Senior Congressional Lobbyist Carrie Zlatos at czlatos@facs.org.

Congress Wants to Hear from You!

In a recent survey, nearly 80 percent of congressional staff indicated that a couple dozen e-mail communications or 20–30 social media posts about a similar issue will get an office’s attention. Now more than ever, it’s important that Congress hears from American College of Surgeons (ACS) members and constituents. It is critical to continue to take action on important legislative priorities through SurgeonsVoice, share your stories, and make time to contact your elected officials about issues that are affecting you.

To learn more about “How to Engage Congress During the Coronavirus Outbreak,” watch the Congressional Management Foundation webinar recording or contact ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy staff at ahp@facs.org.