News, Statements, and Testimony on Health Equity Issues
25th Council session information coming soon.
You're Not Dreaming - Prior Auth Reform Passes the DC Council
November 7, 2023
The Council passed MSDC-supported comprehensive prior authorization reform legislation for the first time ever.Continue Reading
MSDC Joins the DC Veterinary Medical Association and Other Health Groups Celebrating One Health Day
November 3, 2023
Every year, the world celebrates One Health Day on November 3rd. This year, the DC Veterinary Medical Association and the Medical Society of DC are collaborating to highlight the value of One Health coordination at the local level, here in Washington, DC.Continue Reading
Sample of Health Equity Legislation MSDC Tracked
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 was signed by the Mayor. 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.