News, MSDC Statements, and MSDC Testimony on Health Equity Issues
MSDC, ACP-DC, and DCAFP Send Joint Letter on Physician Needs
April 3, 2020
MSDC, ACP DC, and DCAFP send a letter to the Mayor highlighting physician needs during COVID-19.Continue Reading
MSDC PHP Chair Charles Samenow, MD Appears on Fox5 DC
March 31, 2020
Dr. Charles Samenow appeared on Fox 5 News to comment on a story about the increase in alcohol sales related to COVID-19.Continue Reading
Sample of Health Equity Legislation MSDC is Tracking
(See the whole list of bills here)
What does it say? The bill allows for the administration of medicinal marijuana in schools as well as allows students to bring sunscreen to schools and apply it without a prescription.
MSDC position: MSDC supports the language permitting sunscreen application in schools
Current status: A win for DC physicians and public health! The legislation passed the Council in February and awaits the mayor's signature. Previous temporary and emergency legislation permitted students to use sunscreen at schools this school year already.
What does it say? The bill requires DC Health to establish an electronic Medical Order for Scope of Treatment registry (eMOST).
MSDC position: MSDC supports this legislation to more easily allow patients to make their treatment orders known.
Current status: A win for the physician community and our patients! The Council passed the bill in December and the Mayor signed it into law on January 16, 2020.
What does it say? The bill would implement a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on the distribution of "sugary" beverages. The money collected from the tax would establish a Healthy People, Healthy Places Open Spaces Grant Program.
MSDC position: MSDC sent a letter to Council Chair Mendelson asking for a hearing to discuss all of the issues around a beverage tax.
Current status: The bill was introduced October 8, 2019 and referred to the Committee on Business and Economic Development and the Committee of the Whole.