In early June, we headed to DC with over one dozen ISCD members and patients to spread our message on S. 769 and HR 1894-the bills to restore the DXA cuts. ISCD and its partners met with over 80 Representatives and Senators and over one-half of these meetings were organized by ISCD. As Congress gets set to deal with Health Care Reform, our meetings could not have been timelier. With the focus on prevention, we presented DXA testing for osteoporosis as the perfect tangible example of a prevention program that both works and is cost-effective.
In addition to a lengthy schedule of Congressional visits, we also participated in a Legislative Reception on the evening of June 9th and a Capitol briefing on June 10th. Both Representatives Berkley and Burgess spoke at the briefing, which was well attended by Congressional staff. Dr. Andy Laster, ISCD President, provided a wonderful overview of Osteoporosis and Dr. Brian Sabowitz, Public Policy Chair, provided a more personal perspective of a primary care physician that has been forced to stop practicing. Mrs. Mary Bianco also addressed the group and provided her own experience as a patient who had been undiagnosed and is now living with osteoporosis.
Our meetings on the Hill were very successful and the number of sponsors in the House has already grown to 99 following our visits and 13 in the Senate.
We cannot emphasize enough the impact of your calls and e-mails to Congress. Congressional members want to hear from constituents on the importance of restoring funding for DXA testing. Please visit the ISCD Advocacy Web site for more information on how to contact your members of Congress.
Last modified: December 27, 2012