Hot Legislative Issues
During the legislative process bills are frequently amended. As a result, a bill that warrants a "support" position one day may be so altered that it would best be "opposed" the next. For this reason, it is vital that legislative information be as current as possible. The CMA Hot Listis updated weekly to give you the latest information on important bills, including a summary of the bill's content, CMA's position on the bill, and the bill's current location in the legislative process.
Contact Your Representative
Not sure who your local representative is? It is easy to find out by visiting www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html
As physicians, your views on current issues affecting health care are extremely valuable to your legislative representatives. It is particularly critical that legislators hear from you during certain periods of the legislative session.
A complete listing of the California Assembly and Senate is available from the CMA Government Relations Office by calling (916) 444-5532.
The political action committee of the California Medical Association exists to support candidates running for political offices who are sensitive to physician concerns and who understand our issues. Simply put, paying CALPAC dues translates into campaign dollars for pro-medicine candidates. CALPAC makes it possible for physicians to be effectively involved in the state legislature and Congress where public policy decisions are made that affect how health care is administered and regulated in California. By combining our financial resources, we gain a louder voice and we speak with a clearer message. To join CALPAC call 1-800-CALPAC-9 with your Visa or MasterCard number, or send a check to
Government Regulatory Agencies
www.fedworld.gov/locator.htm-Index of Federal Agencies
www.cdc.gov-Federal Centers for Disease Control
www.hcfa.gov-Federal Health Care Financing Administration Medicare and Medicaid publications, forms, regulations
www.hhs.gov-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Access to Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Centers for Disease Control, and National Institutes of Health
www.npdb.com-Federal National Practitioner's Data Bank
www.fda.gov/cdhr-U.S. Food and Drug Administration
www.osha.gov-Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration
www.pueblo.gsa.gov-Federal Consumer Information Center
www.access.gpo.gov/index-U.S. Government Printing Office .
www.ca.gov-California Homepage: Provides links to all state agencies
www.medbd.ca.gov-Medical Board of California: Lists important MBC phone numbers, information on all licensed California physicians
www.dir.ca.gov-California Department of Industrial Relations: Access to information on Cal-OSHA regulations on office safety, labor laws and the Workers'Compensation program
www.dmhc.ca.gov-California Department of Managed Care: Regulatory agency for health plans
www.oshpd.state.ca.us/index.htm-California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development: Source of statewide health information and statistics