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Law and Advocacy

The Law and Advocacy Division serves as an information and advocacy conduit to and from members on matters of legal, legislative, and regulatory concern to Maryland physicians and analyzes public policy issues affecting physicians and health care.  The Division ensures that members are kept informed of legal and regulatory changes affecting the practice of medicine and spearheads advocacy efforts directed at government agencies and business entities regarding developments in these areas.  In addition, the attorneys assigned to the Division provide general legal services to MedChi.

Information Center

The Information Center is a telephone-based resource for member questions regarding all facets of the practice of medicine.  Staff of the Law and Advocacy Division provide information to MedChi members regarding topics such as medical records release and security, physician licensure, and managed care challenges.  You can reach the Information Center at info@medchi.org or at 410-539-0872, ext. 3319.

Legislative Office

The Legislative Office, located close to the Maryland State House in downtown Annapolis, coordinates MedChi's legislative activities, working closely with MedChi's lobbying team and and physician activists to ensure that the voice of MedChi and Maryland physicians is heard in the General Assembly.  The Legislative Office produces a weekly Legislative Update while the legislature is in session, arranges for physician testimony on bills, and staffs the meetings of the MedChi Legislative Committee.  Reach the legislative office by e-mail or by phone at  410-539-0872 ext. 6001.  Click here for details on MedChi's Legislative Council and Archives from years prior. 

Physicians, have you signed up to be Physician of the Day in Annapolis?

MedChi schedules physicians to volunteer as Physician of the Day in the First Aid Room in Annapolis for the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session.  The First Aid Room, located in the State House, is equipped with oxygen, a hospital bed, wheelchair, crutches, thermometers, stethoscope, and a blood pressure cuff.  There are also a variety of over-the-counter medications provided including aspirin, cough and cold preparations, and antacids.  A nurse is also on the premises every day to assist the Physician of the Day, giving the physician more time to spend in the chambers observing the Senate and House.  Physicians are asked to bring their own prescription pads.

Also, Emeritus Physicians, who have an active license, are also encouraged to participate. Time slots to volunteer include Monday evenings from 5pm to 9pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm, and Fridays from 9am to 1pm throughout the session, as most legislators leave after lunch on Friday.  Furthermore, there will also be a schedule of hearings and meetings that deal with health-related issues posted in the First Aid Room.  The Physician of the Day is encouraged to attend these meetings, as well.

If you are interested, please contact Yelena Shapiro at (410) 539-0872 ex. 6001.  The Legislative Session runs from Wednesday, January 10, through Monday April 9, 2018.

Physician's House Call on Annapolis

Each year during the legislative session, MedChi’s component medical societies assemble at MedChi’s Annapolis office to hold their annual legislative meetings.  During your legislative day in Annapolis, you will have the opportunity to meet with the legislators from your district an observe the session proceedings of the House or Senate.  Participants are provided with talking points on issues and bills important to MedChi, as well as MedChi’s legislative agenda and legislative newsletter.

Updated sign up sheet will be published Fall 2017.