2013 Legislative Conference highlights

Nearly 150 dermatologists and patient advocates gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2013 AADA Legislative Conference to present a united voice to Congress about dermatology’s most pressing issues.

Participants held 205 meetings with members of Congress and their staff, representing 33 states, to discuss efforts to avert Medicare payment cuts and preserve access to the full range of care that dermatologists provide, promote the importance of medical research, and raise awareness about the dangers of indoor tanning.

Save the date for 2014!

The 2014 AADA Legislative Conference will be held Sept. 7-9 in the heart of Washington, D.C. Registration for the 2014 AADA Legislative Conference will open April 1. For more information, email Abigail Osborne at aosborne@aad.org.

Record-breaking attendance

Academy President Dirk M. Elston, MD, welcomes nearly 150 attendees to the 2013 Legislative Conference — the largest turnout in conference history.

Living in an ACA world

Scott Collins, MD, moderator; Worth Holt, MD, vice president of clinical innovation and regional lead of Humana; John Rother, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care; and Denise Henry Morrissey, partner at Capitol Counsel explore the need to demonstrate the uniqueness of dermatology in the context of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

State advocacy

Dan Morhaim (D-11, Md.), deputy majority leader of the Maryland General Assembly, offers advice to conference attendees about how to effectively advocate for change at the state level.

Skin in the game

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock speaks at the SkinPAC dinner.

Hands-on training

AADA Legislative Conference attendees enjoy hearing the insider’s version of how Congress operates.

America’s changing payment policy

Conference attendees learn about threats and opportunities for dermatology as the heat is turned up on efforts to reform physician payment and delivery of care.

Capitol Hill visits

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) reviews information about medical research funding, Medicare payment reform, the dangers of indoor tanning, and other issues affecting the specialty and its patients.


New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone addresses SkinPAC contributors.

Capitol Hill visits

Georgia Rep. Tom Price, MD, meets with AAD/A members Mark Holzberg, MD, Alex Gross, MD, and resident scholarship recipient Brian Raphael, MD. Participants held 205 meetings with members of Congress and their staff, representing 33 states.

Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker Michael Leavitt, former governor of Utah, discusses the global economic factors that affect health care reform.

Uniqueness of dermatology

Former AADA president William Hanke, MD, and John Stephens, MD, meet with Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) on Capitol Hill to discuss preserving access to the full range of care that dermatologists provide.

Legislative process 101

Judy Schneider, specialist on Congress at the Congressional Research Service, gives a frank and entertaining presentation about the ins and outs of the legislative process.

Legislative address

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) offers her take on the Obama Administration’s health policy agenda and the latest trends in the U.S. health care system.

Meet your mentor

The Legislative Conference groups first-time attendees with physician mentors to discuss what they can expect on the Hill, and impart effective strategies for meeting with federal legislative policymakers.

Resident scholarships

In an effort to support residents' commitment to grassroots advocacy, the AADA awarded several scholarships for residents to attend the 2013 Legislative Conference.

A seat at the table

SkinPAC donors meet to discuss the importance of building relationships on Capitol Hill to ensure that dermatology has a seat at the table when important legislative decisions are being made.

Medicare payment reform 

Michel McDonald, MD; John Binhlam, MD; Julie Countess, MD; and Gail Brockelsby meet with Tennessee Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (center) to urge them to repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate formula.


Dermatologists and patient advocates from across the country presented a united voice to Congress about dermatology’s most pressing issues: 

Whether or not you were able to attend the Conference, there are still more opportunities to get involved:

Contact your member of Congress using the AADA Dermatology Advocacy Network and ask him or her to:

  1. Oppose HR 2914, the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013.
  2. Repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate formula.
  3. End the sequester and increase medical research funding.
  4. Support HR 460, the Patients’ Access to Treatment Act.
  5. Join the Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus.

Request an in-district meeting: Email grassroots@aad.org.

Visit the new SkinPAC website.

2013 Legislative Conference update

During the 2013 AADA Legislative Conference, dermatology’s advocates asked their members of Congress to co-sponsor HR 460, the Patients' Access to Treatments Act, join the Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus, and send a letter to the FDA in support of the proposed rule to reclassify indoor tanning devices. As a direct result of these grassroots efforts:

  • 48 members of Congress co-sponsored H.R. 460 (includes AADA’s grassroots efforts with the Coalition for Accessible Treatments’ member organizations)
  • 15 members of Congress joined the Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus
  • 4 members of Congress sent a letter to the FDA in support of indoor tanning device reclassification