On August 18-19, the AUA met with staff in the office of Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) to garner support and sponsorship for a Senate companion of the aforementioned H.R. 944. As a reminder, Representatives David McKinley (R-WV-01) and Peter Welch (D-VT-AL) introduced this legislation in February 2021. The bill would establish a loan repayment program to encourage specialty medicine physicians to serve in rural communities experiencing a shortage of specialty medicine physicians. Overall, the offices were receptive to the idea of incentivizing specialists to practice in rural areas while helping patients gain much-needed access to care.
The AUA also has created a grassroots alert that allows any domestic AUA member to easily contact their federally elected officials to ask them to cosponsor this legislation. To access this action center, click here or simply text AUA to 52886 to get started.