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.
Advocacy is important because legislators depend on subject matter experts, like you, to create effective policy and legislation. Because health care policy touches everyone, regardless of age, gender, or political leanings, it is critical that physicians are engaged and can educate legislators on the unseen effects of their proposed policies.
For an overview of the Legislative Session, please click here.
How can you get involved?
- Become a member of MedChi’s Legislative Council so that your voice is heard.
- Donate to the Maryland Medical Political Action Committee to support legislators who prioritize health care. For more information, you can click here.
- Contact your legislators about the issues that matter most to you and your patients. Visit the Legislative Center here.
For a list of commonly used advocacy resources relevant to the 2020 Session, please click here.
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.