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Academy members discuss access to specialty care with legislators
The AAAAI participated in the National Conference of State Legislatures held in St. Louis, MO, July 28-31. As a member of the Patient Access Coalition/State Level, AAAAI staff, members, patients, and patient groups used the opportunity to meet informally one-on-one with legislators from throughout the United States to discuss the importance of point-of-service options and access to specialty to care. Staff from the AAAAI and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons designed the booth space, handout materials, and recruited volunteers.

Using an election year theme, the nearly 1,500 participants who stopped to discuss the issues or receive additional information were given a campaign button reminding them that "Patients Vote." The event provided an opportunity to also share specific information about the role of the allergist/clinical immunologist in patient care.

Special thanks to Academy members Phillip Korenblat, M.D., Raymond Slavin, M.D., Ray Davis, M.D., Mark Dykewicz, M.D., Douglas Berson, M.D., Kathy Crews (Immune Deficiency Foundation), Penny Sutton (Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America), and patients who took their time to volunteer during the conference.

Point of service legislation passed in Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, and Oregon during 1995-96 and has been introduced in 19 others. Participation was funded through a grant from the Federal Patient Access to Specialty Care Coalition.

National specialty organizations who participate in the Patient Access Coalition/State Level include AAAAI, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Academy of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, American Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Otolarygology - Head and Neck Surgery, American College of Cardiology, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and American Psychiatric Society. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please e-mail hpen@aaaai.org

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