AMWA Advocacy

Advocacy Timeline

[Timeline Archive]

2020

August 28, 2020- AMWA signs joint letter from Physicians for Human Rights to Urge U.S. Governors to Enact and Enforce Safety Protections for Workers in Health Care Settings.

August 4, 2020 – AMWA issues statement on medical college admission test (MCAT)-takers during COVID-19

August 2020 – AMWA joins National Organizations in Letter to Congress on a Fair and Healthy Election

July 29, 2020 – AMWA is joining other organizations in partnering with Drexel University College of Medicine’s Vision 2020: National Women’s Equality Initiative with a goal to ensure access to voting for all

July 21, 2020 – AMWA issues statement on sexual assault

June 24, 2020 – AMWA signs on letters to the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs and the Executive in Charge for VA Health Administration encouraging them to amend Directive 1899 so CNRAs continue to practice within scope with physician oversight

June 17, 2020 – AMWA signs on to letter to congressional leaders urging Congress to extend eligibility for the PPP loan program to include Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations in the final version of the next COVID-19 aid package

June 15, 2020 – AMWA signs on to letter to leaders of the FDA and NIH encouraging them to make the development and availability of treatments for pain – and particularly non-addictive options – a high priority; specifically, to expeditiously and effectively move forward with the various provisions of the SUPPORT Act

June 15, 2020 – The Supreme Court held that Title VII forbids employers from firing employees because they are homosexual or transgender. AMWA participated in the Amicus Brief for the Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC case

June 12, 2020 – As an NGO newly associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communication, AMWA signs the CoNGO Statement: COVID-19 Recovery: Building Back Better

June 9, 2020 – AMWA joins letter to Congressional leaders advocating for targeted and limited liability protection for providers in future COVID-19 legislation

May 26, 2020 – AMWA sends letter of support for UsAgainstAlzheimer’s proposed project to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC

May 22, 2020 – AMWA signs on to letters to the House and Senate urging that the FY 2021 appropriations bills include substantial increases in funding to strengthen the national response to Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia

April 28, 2020 – AMWA joins Amicus Brief stating opinion that use of controlled substances by a woman during the course of her pregnancy is a medical and public health issue, not an issue that should be subject to state intervention and control

April 23, 2020 – AMWA signs on to letter advocating for the rights of pregnant women in the State of Oklahoma

April 15, 2020 – AMWA signs on to letter urging Congress to take additional steps to protect patient access to care by preserving the viability of physician practices as part of the nation’s essential health care system as part of next steps and any “phase four” coronavirus relief bill package

April 13, 2020 – AMWA signs on to Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health letter providing input on the next phase of recovery legislation

April 6, 2020 – AMWA joins with Physicians for Human Rights and other medical associations to advocate that health workers’ voices and safety must be protected

April 3, 2020 – AMWA signs on to letter to the Administration regarding PPE and ventilators

March 30, 2020 – AMWA signs on to letters to the House and Senate in support of $50 million in federal funding to the CDC and NIH for research on firearm-related morbidity and mortality prevention

March 25, 2020 – AMWA signs on to letter to Congress asking to include in the final “stimulus” legislation specific provisions to help physicians sustain their practices and provide their patients with the best possible care during the COVID-19 emergency

March, 25, 2020 – AMWA sent a letter to the White House asking for sufficient PPE for healthcare workers and composed a template letter that you can use to send to your congressperson.

February 2020 – AMWA issues statement on protecting Title X and repealing the gag rule

January 16, 2020 – AMWA signs on to letter regarding Medicare’s stance on physician supervision of nonphysician professionals

January 2, 2020 – AMWA joins Medical Societies in Urging President Trump to Keep America in the Paris Climate Agreement

2019

December 2019 – Rebuttal to tweeted article “Are Women Destroying Academia? Probably”

November 27, 2019 – AMWA joins Amicus Brief in State of Oklahoma concerning the rights of pregnant women

November 25, 2019 – AMWA participates in Amici Brief supporting appropriate facilities for transgender individuals

November 25, 2019 – Letter to HBO expressing concerns about real time with Bill Maher program interview covering vaccinations

November 5, 2019 – AMWA signs on to letter to congressional leaders supporting the Dignity in Aging Act (H.R. 4334) to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA)

October 23, 2019 – AMWA sends letter of support to ACP on inclusion of social issues in medical education

October 21, 2019 – AMWA sends letter to AMA leaders supporting AMA resolutions on women and opioids

October 7, 2019 – AMWA signs on to comment letter to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on its Draft Recommendation Statement and Draft Evidence Review: Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

September 26, 2019 – AMWA signs on to letter to US Senate leadership asking for funding of gun violence research; action also included in press release

September 25, 2019 – AMWA signs on to comment letter to CMS supporting changes made to the MedLearn cognitive impairment detection instructions for the Initial Preventive Physical Exam (IPPE) and subsequent Annual Wellness Visit(s)

September 25, 2019 – AMWA participates in National Breast Cancer Awareness month this October

September 20, 2019 – AMWA signs on to letter to CMS with comments on their Patients Over Paperwork initiative that addresses prior authorization processes

September 17, 2019 – AMWA Leader Nora Galoustian Pens Op-Ed Supporting Access to Medication at the University of California

September 9, 2019 – AMWA signs on to letter in support of Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (HR 3107)

August 8, 2019 – Medical students from Northwestern University publish op-ed on need for gun violence research

August 8, 2019 – AMWA issues press release on need for gun violence prevention following the shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH

July 2019 –  AMWA Advocacy Task Force Medical Student Members from IUSM publish article advocating for safe, legal abortion in the local Indianapolis Medical Society Bulletin

July 3, 2019 – AMWA joins amicus brief to protect transgender individuals from employment discrimination to ensure their physical and mental health

June 3, 2019 – AMWA signs on to letter supporting H.R. 2822, sponsored by Reps. Sherrill and Upton, which would extend funding for Family-to-Family Health Information Centers for five years, through 2024

May 2019 – AMWA supported the WHO Call to Action to eliminate cervical and other HPV-related cancers

May 2019 – AMWA joins amicus brief through the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health recognizing the negative health effects of climate change on children

May 30, 2019 – AMWA signs on to letter requesting an interagency report at HHS on the role each agency plays in addressing gaps in maternal mental health for new and expectant mothers

May 24, 2019 – AMWA signs on to letter to HHS voicing concerns with the Department’s plans to weaken nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals under Section 1557 of the ACA

May 21, 2019 – American Medical Women’s Association Opposes Recent Abortion Restrictions Passed into Law

April 12, 2019 – AMWA sent letter to California committee chairperson supporting Compensation for Survivors of Forced or Involuntary Sterilization Act

April 12, 2019 – AMWA sent letter to California committee chairperson supporting Medi–Cal Access for Student Health Centers

April 10, 2019 – AMWA joins Amicus Brief to provide appropriate services to transgender individuals in correctional institutions

April 9, 2019 – AMWA sent letter to legislators supporting Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019

April 1, 2019 – AMWA part of 2 amicus brief filings in the case of Texas v. United States defending gains and key patient protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [filing 1 | filing 2]

March 27, 2019 – AMWA sends comments on HHS draft report on pain management best practices

March 27, 2019 – AMWA sends letter to California legislature in support of SB24 for reproductive services access for all public college students

March 15, 2019 – AMWA signed on to letter to Congress regarding HRSA FY2020 Appropriations Bill

March 11, 2019 – AMWA signed on to the Ninth Circuit amicus brief in the appeal of Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School District regarding transgender individuals

March 11, 2019 – AMWA joins Healthy Women and WIPP in letters to the State of Florida House and Senate opposing legislation to allow drug importation from Canada [HB 19 | SB 5221]

March 6, 2019 – AMWA signs on to letter to the 116th Congress advocating equity in women’s health

February 21, 2019 – AMWA signed on to letters to the House and Senate supporting CDC gun violence prevention research funding

February 15, 2019 – AMWA sends letter to Congress supporting the Clinical Treatment Act

February 14, 2019 – PATH writes letter to U.S. Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) to withdraw the proposed requirement of soliciting detailed medical information for victims of human trafficking

February 11, 2019 – AMWA submits letter to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on HIPPA regulations and how they can be revised to preserve and protect the privacy and security of patients’ health information

January 23, 2019 – AMWA sends letter to Honorable Jan Schakowsky supporting the designation of a “Women’s Health Research Day”

January 17, 2019 – AMWA signs on to letter to HHS commenting on the proposed Health People 2030 as it pertains to dementia

January 9, 2019 – AMWA signs on the amicus brief on issues of transgender and the protocols for the treatment of gender dysphoria

2018

December 10, 2018 – AMWA-PATH sends letter to Department of Homeland Security opposing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds rule

December 3, 2018 – AMWA sends letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expressing concern for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

October 29, 2018 – AMWA joins Amicus Brief supporting transgender persons in the military, including appropriate access to health care

October 28, 2018 – Medical students pledge to prioritize women’s rights

October 17, 2018 – AMWA Issues Press Release Denouncing “Public Charge” Rule

October 6, 2018 – AMWA sends letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services expressing concerns about the proposed changes to the Title X family planning program

September 27, 2018 – Allegations of Sexual Misconduct by Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh Statement of the American Medical Women’s Association

September 2018 – AMWA an initial endorser of Call to Action on Climate and Health, which outlines a set of ten priority policy actions for health leadership to advance ambitious progress towards global climate and health goals

September 20, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letters to the House and Senate asking the committees to preserve the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act [H.R 5102 | S. 2524]

September 17, 2018 – AMWA issue press release on gender discrimination’s impact on physician pay disparities

September 17, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter to HHS providing comments on the Sterilization Consent Form

September 14, 2018 – AMWA and the Opioid Addiction in Women Task Force sign on to letter in Oklahoma expressing opposition to policy of prosecuting women who are pregnant and alleged to have used controlled substances

September 12, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter to Congress expressing concerns with proposed changes to long-standing policy that would allow Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to implement step therapy to manage Part B drugs

September 11, 2018 – AMWA Writes Letter to the Editor on the Gender Pay Gap

September 7, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter to the VA with comments concerning the exclusion of gender alterations from the Medical Benefits Package

September 7, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter to CMS expressing concerns with changes in approach to step therapy for Part B drugs in Medical Advantage

September 7, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter to Congress urging preservation of patient access to emergency air medical services and expressing opposition to problematic legislative proposals that would severely limit this access

September 4, 2018 – AMWA sends letter in support of SB320, which provides access to medication abortion on campus at student health centers

September 4, 2018 – AMWA sends letter to CA Governor supporting legislation to require sex education in charter schools

August 30, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter opposing the Trump Administration’s changes to Title X

August 27, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter to CMS voicing concerns on some of the proposed changes to E & M payment rates

August 13, 2018 – AMWA Issues Press Release on Importance of Breast Feeding

July 31, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter opposing proposed changes to Title X rule

July 23, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter to HHS and CMS on the proposed cuts to the Navigator program

July 3, 2018 – AMWA joins Amicus Brief on the treatment of transgender people and gender dysphoria

June 25, 2018 – AMWA Writes Letter Denouncing Policy of Separation of Children From their Families at Southern Border

June 14, 2018 – AMWA joined other LEAD Coalition member organizations who signed onto letters to Congress in support of the Concentrating on High-Value Alzheimer’s Needs to Get to an End (CHANGE) Act. [S. 2387 | Senate LetterH.R.4957 | House Letter]

June 14, 2018 – AMWA Sends Letter of Support for AB 2601 that requires sex education in charter schools in California

May 25, 2018 – AMWA Opposes Proposed Rule on Title X Funding

May 23, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter supporting H.R. 3378, the Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act.

April 25, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter thanking Rep. Peters (Peters Letter) for co-sponsoring the 340B PAUSE Act and letters encouraging his colleagues Rep. Raul Ruiz (Ruiz Letter), Rep. Mimi Walters (Walters Letter), and Rep. Tony Cardenas (Cardenas Letter) to co-sponsor this legislation

April 24, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letters to the House and Senate supporting inclusion of sufficient funding for Alzheimer’s Disease research and programs in Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) appropriations bills

April 18, 2018 – AMWA signs-on to letter supporting legislation that would help address the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment workforce shortage

April 3, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter supporting FY19 funding of the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant

March 27, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter supporting the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) fiscal year 2019 budget request in both the House and Senate

March 15, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter supporting legislation to preserve and protect access to high-quality and life-saving air medical care

March 6, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letters to the House and Senate committees supporting the bipartisan Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act

March 9, 2018 – AMWA issues letter of support for AB 2601 to ensure sex education for charter school students

February 27, 2018 – AMWA joins Amicus Brief on the treatment of transgender people, gender dysphoria, and restroom segregation

February 27, 2018 – AMWA joins Amicus Brief supporting women’s rights to information about state-funded prenatal care and licensing level of their care providers

February 22, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letters in the House and Senate on Gun Violence Prevention post-Parkland

February 2, 2018 – AMWA Statement on HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

January 25, 2018 – AMWA signs on to letter in opposition to S 2311, the so-called “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

January 23, 2018 – AMWA joins Amicus Brief on the treatment of transgender people, gender dysphoria, and restroom segregation


2017

November 30, 2017 – AMWA joins Amicus Curiae Brief supporting adequate facilities for adolescent transgender individuals

November 20, 2017 – AMWA signs on to public comment letter urging the CMS Innovation Center to test and scale evidence-based programs and services that would assist people living with dementia and their caregivers

November 17, 2017 – AMWA signs on to letter to support Congressional resolution designating September as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) Awareness Month

November 8, 2017 – AMWA joins Amicus Curiae Brief supporting transgender individuals in the military, including access to appropriate health care

October 2, 2017 – AMWA signs on to letter in opposition to H.R. 36, the so-called “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

September 27, 2017 –AMWA signs on to letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee with Save Our Air Medical Resources to extend reimbursement increases to air ambulance providers

September 22, 2017 – AMWA signs on to letter to Congressmen encouraging their support of improvements to the 340B drug discount program

September 19, 2017 – AMWA writes letter to the Governor of California supporting legislations to enhance efforts to battle human trafficking in the state

September 11, 2017 – AMWA signs on to CMS letter supporting telemedicine code additions to the physician fee schedule to support patients with dementia

September 9, 2017 – AMWA signs on to Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health’s letter to all senators to support current vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards

September 7, 2017 – AMWA signs on to letter with Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund to urge continuation of the Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration

September 7, 2017 — AMWA signs on to letter with Save Our Air Medical Resources to extend reimbursement increases to air ambulance providers

August 18, 2017 – AMWA writes letter supporting adoption of American Medical Association (AMA) Policy D-215.987, “Studying Healthcare Institutions that Provide Child Care Services”

August 3, 2017 — AMWA joins Amici Curiae Brief supporting Planned Parenthood in Indiana and Kentucky

July 28, 2017 – AMWA joins Amicus Curiae Brief supporting the rights of pregnant women using drugs

July 27, 2017 – AMWA re-signs on to letter to Congress regarding the potential impact of proposed health care reform on access to care for victims of violence and their children

July 21, 2017 – AMWA signs on to Women’s Organizations Support the Legal Services Corporation letter

July 5, 2017 — AMWA signs on to the Coalition Letter to Senate Leadership on the Better Care Reconciliation Act

June 20, 2017 — AMWA endorses the 2017 NAMS Hormone Therapy Position Statement

June 8, 2017 — AMWA signed on to letter to Congress regarding the potential impact of proposed health care reform on access to care for victims of violence and their children.

June 2017 — AMWA signs on to letter with the Patient, Consumer and Public Health Coalition opposing D. 951, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA)

May 15, 2017 — AMWA joints Amici Curiae Brief supporting the rights of transgender individuals

May 15, 2017 — AMWA sent letters supporting New York’s Child Sex Trafficking Bill to key legislators

May 3, 2017 — AMWA signs letter supporting Senator Murray’s bill to codify women’s preventive services

May 1, 2017 — AMWA signs letters to the Senate and House for National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities funding request

April 17, 2017 — AMWA joins Amicus Curiae Brief on Aid in Dying in New York litigation

April 10, 2017 — AMWA writes letter in support of California AB 1575 (labeling of chemical toxins used in nail salons)

April 10, 2017 — AMWA writes letter in support of California SB 245 (promoting foster youth sex education)

April 3, 2017 — AMWA signed Amici Curiae brief to support the requirement that limited service pregnancy centers post signage indicating that they do not perform abortions nor offer full contraceptive services. No. 16-2325 U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, Inc vs. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

March 31, 2017 — Judge Gorsuch is Wrong for Supreme Court on Medical Aid-in-Dying Issue

March 29, 2017 — AMWA Stands with AAP on Executive Order Halting Clean Power Plan [AAP Statement]

March 22, 2017 — AMWA urges Congress to increase funding for research and services for Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias
[House Letter] [Senate Letter]

March 16, 2017 – AMWA Statement on the American Healthcare Act (ACHA)

March 14, 2017 – Joint Letter in Support of the Offices of Minority Health

March 13, 2017 — AMWA joins in letter to the UN Secretary General during the UN Commission on the Status of Women to encourage the UN to strengthen its commitment and support so that feminist and women’s movements can have a strong, multi-cultural voice at the UN

March 12, 2017 — AMWA signs open letter from healthcare providers opposing the Travel Ban Executive Order

March 2, 2017 — AMWA joins Amici Curiae Brief supporting the rights of transgender individuals

February 27, 2017 — AMWA signs letter to President Trump regarding long-term hiring policy of the federal public health and biomedical research workforce

February 24, 2017 — AMWA signs coalition letter to Senate and House on Right to Try legislation

February 3, 2017 — AMWA joins in Amici Curiae brief to support the requirement that limited service pregnancy centers post signage indicating that they do not perform abortions nor offer full contraceptive services. No. 16-2325 U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, Inc vs. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

February 3, 2017 — AMWA signs provider letter in support of Planned Parenthood

January 19, 2017 – AMWA Statement on Possible ACA Repeal

January 17, 2017 — AMWA sends letter in support of B21-0038, the District of Columbia’s Death with Dignity Act

January 2017 — AMWA endorses the Defend Health protests in the wake of a possible ACA repeal