|UCAOA Leaders Travel to Washington, DC|
On November 3-4, 2015, UCAOA leaders were in Washington, DC to meet with congressional lawmakers, federal agencies, and national organizations with the goal of expanding its health policy and advocacy footprint. UCAOA members met with 30 congressional offices, as well as the Department of Transportation to discuss the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical examination reports. Meetings were also held with other national organizations to explore opportunities for collaboration, including with the American Hospital Association, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Alliance for Health Reform, and America’s Health Insurance Plans.
UCAOA had an opportunity to meet with several lawmakers directly to discuss the cost-effective role of urgent care centers in healthcare delivery, and why improved Medicaid payment rates for services delivered in urgent care centers should be part of the strategy to reduce the dependency on emergency departments for non-emergent healthcare conditions for this patient population. UCAOA leaders had the opportunity to meet with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to personally thank him for his taped address to members of the UCAOA 2015 Fall Conference (Sept. 24-26) in New Orleans.