Thank you for supporting MSSNYPAC. The Legislator Scorecard is a summary of the action of all 212 state legislators on many legislative initiatives of importance to the Medical Society of the State of New York and to New York State physicians which were active during the 2013 and 2014 Legislative Sessions. As you make your personal decisions regarding political contributions and voting for candidates in your district, please keep the following in mind:
There are a variety of other factors relevant to sound contribution decisions which are not reflected in a "Scorecard." These include such things as: whether a particular legislator is in the Majority or the Minority; how close the margin is between majority and minority in a particular house; whether a member is a member of a committee of particular relevance to the particular PAC involved; whether a member is chairman of a particularly relevant committee; and, whether a member has a leadership position in the legislative body of which he/she is a member. It is also important to consider such things as: how a legislator is regarded by his or her colleagues; debate participation; and the negotiating role of a particular legislator. Furthermore, in New York State, as in many other states, a great deal of importance takes place behind the scenes. Many times a legislator is extremely helpful in seeing to it that a bad bill never makes it to a committee or floor vote or that a good bill does. Scorecards don't reflect that "value" element.
Both membership in MSSNY and monetary contributions to MSSNYPAC are what makes this work possible and what keeps us working on behalf of New York State physicians and their patients every day. Not only do we work proactively on behalf of physicians but we strongly oppose and work to defeat all regressive measures put forward by other interests. The collective voice of physicians represented by MSSNY is vitally important and your support is crucial. Thank you.
The 5 bills supported by MSSNY reviewed in the scorecard include:
- A.5692/S.3690 - Permits independently practicing physicians to collectively negotiate patient care and other participation terms with health insurance companies;
- A.3335 and A.321 - would enact comprehensive medical liability reform to bring down the exorbitant cost of medical liability insurance in New York;
- A.7253/S.2551 - would require health insurers to offer comprehensive coverage of out of network care (a similar version to this legislation was included in the Budget bills enacted this year).
- A.3038/S.2071 - would facilitate physician participation in hospital peer review procedures by assuring statements made by physicians at such proceedings could not be used against them if they subsequently get sued.
- A.7889/S.5493 - Enacts the Truth in Advertising law to assure health care providers who advertise their services list their degree and board certification
The 5 bills opposed by MSSNY reviewed in the scorecard include:
- A.1056-A/S.7130 - would change the New York medical liability statute of limitations to a "date of discovery" rule, thereby driving up liability premiums costs by 15%
- A.7108-A/S.4835-B - would expand the scope of practice of podiatrists
- A.1124-A/S.2947 - would require health care providers to take 3 credits of pain management continuing medical education
- A.5632/S.1918 - would expand the scope of practice of oral and maxillofacial surgeons
- A.2192-A/S.7678-A - would expand the scope of optometrists.
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