News, MSDC Statements, and MSDC Testimony on Health Equity Issues
MSDC Members Testify on COVID Response and Insulin Bill
October 28, 2020
Drs. Barnard, Fuisz, and Angelo represented MSDC before the Committee on Health to present medical viewpoints on public health issues.Continue Reading
DC Health Care Finance Announces EHR Incentive Program Now Open
October 28, 2020
DC Medicaid providers may be eligible for financial and technical assistance from eHealthDC.Continue Reading
MSDC To Host Online Healthcare Forum On Supreme Court Challenge To The ACA
October 26, 2020
Join national public health leaders to discuss the Supreme Court challenge to the ACA and the potential impact of disruption to care for millions of Americans, in the midst of a global pandemic.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 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.