Laying the Groundwork
While attempts to pass a hard cap during the 2020 Legislative Session were unsuccessful, IMS has not stopped working toward that goal. Over the past year, we have continued to educate legislators, successfully pushed to expand the pro-tort reform majority in the Iowa House, collected new data and additional examples of the implications of the current liability climate, and activated additional local physicians to contact targeted legislators. Behind the scenes, IMS has been brought on additional staff to support our efforts and developed detailed plans to maximize our chances for success in this uphill legislative battle. IMS has further grown the coalition of advocacy organizations who will be joining our efforts this session and developed extensive resources to equip physicians to advocate on this issue. IMS is all in on tort reform in 2021.
Will You Join the Fight?
Hundreds of physicians have advocated for tort reform over the past year and reengaged in the lead up to the 2021 Legislative Session. We continue to hear questions about how an individual physician can help. There are so many ways to get involved, but where to start? This checklist is your one-stop resource to prepare to make your voice heard this legislative session and there are several steps you can take RIGHT NOW to do so.
The simplest way to support tort reform is to renew your IMS dues. Dues dollars fund the staff, systems, and supports that make this entire effort possible. Group dues demonstrate your clinic’s organizational commitment to this issue.
Talking about tort reform is can seem overwhelming. IMS has prepared a Tort Reform Toolkit to provide you with briefing materials and brief talking points to help guide conversations with legislators.
The IMS Action Alert system is a simple way to contact your legislators. When alerts are launched, simply enter your contact information; the system will match you with your individual legislators and provide a template message that you can edit as your wish. To sign up, simply click the link above or text “IMS” to 52886.
Our annual day of grassroots advocacy at the capitol is going virtual and being extended to a full week! Register now to participate in Physician Week on the Hill, February 15-18, 2021. Many of the week’s activities are available on-demand to fit with your busy schedule. This the House of Medicine’s opportunity to show up in force and speak with a single voice in support of tort reform!
While many events are virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, legislators are still meeting in-person at the capitol and you can meet virtually with your legislators at any time. If you want to get more involved in the tort reform fight with either a trip to the capitol or an individual visit with your legislator, sign up for the Physician Advocate of the Week program to get started.
- 6. Recruit a Colleague to Get Involved
Once you’ve prepared yourself for the tort reform fight, we need your help to recruit others. Iowa physicians have fought for more than 40 years to pass a hard cap on noneconomic damages. This session, we are closer than ever to finally achieving this goal, but the path is not easy and success is far from certain. We need your help to educate your peers about this problem and recruit more physicians, residents, and medical students to joint the fight that impacts us all.