California State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) with
CSA President Mark Zakowski, MD, President-elect Karen Sibert, MD, and
Legislative and Practice Affairs Division Chair Jeff Poage, MD.
As you know, health care in California is highly regulated. As government and other interests seek to control your medical practice in new ways, it is more important than ever that anesthesiologists have a voice and have influence in the legislative and regulatory process.
Effective advocacy requires an integrated approach: lobbying, grassroots engagement, public relations AND political campaign contributions.
GASPAC—CSA’s political action fund—allows CSA the ability to support candidates and/or elected officials who understand and champion critical anesthesiologist issues, and it is clear that CSA’s voice is growing in strength in the Capitol and with policymakers. But that underscores the importance of members ‘continued support.
We have a strong team of advocates in Sacramento who are working to protect CSA's policy priorities and advance our political goals, focusing on issues such as "surprise" out-of-network bills, scope of practice proposals, and pediatric dental anesthesia regulations among others.
Through these battles and others, it is crucial that CSA has strong relationships with influential policy-makers. CSA's advocacy efforts include delivering facts, earning trust, and telling our patients' stories, but it is not enough. GASPAC is essential to our political engagement as well.
GASPAC funds support our allies within the California state legislature who understand our issues and are willing to stand up and advance physician-led anesthesia care. We need you to contribute to GASPAC today. It is important we have 100% participation from all CSA leaders and members.
With your help, we can ensure GASPAC resources are at the level needed to be effective as we start looking immediately ahead to the next round of strategic political and policy decisions.