June 1998 AAOS Report

Councilors visit Capitol Hill

Members of the Board of Councilors made their annual trip to Capitol Hill as part of the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC), April 29-May 2, to visit legislators and listen to presentations about future health care legislation on a national and state level. The orthopaedic surgeons visited the offices of Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) and Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.). They also visited the legislative staff of Rep. Bill Archer (R-Texas), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The councilors discussed the importance of including basic patient protections in health care bills; supporting legislation that would clarify certain provisions of "Stark II;" and encouraging the development of an insurance program to protect volunteer physician service in the U.S. The NOLC featured guest speakers Rep. David Weldon (R-Fla.) and Rep. Robert T. Matsui (D-Calif.) who provided an overview of pending health care legislation in Congress.

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