California ACEP and its staff advocate for emergency medicine in the legislative, legal, regulatory and political arenas. Each year California ACEP sponsors legislation, lobbies members of the California legislature, conducts emergency department tours, participates in legal cases – sometimes as a plaintiff, sometimes through amicus briefs – and lobbies and advises regulatory agencies. California ACEP’s sponsored political action committee (Emergency Medical Political Action Committee) makes campaign contributions to endorsed candidates. Historical achievements range from California EMTALA standards to seat belt laws to the establishment of Maddy Emergency Medical Services Funds. Today’s ambitious advocacy activities of California ACEP, ranging from patients’ access to emergency care, procedural sedation, fair payment from payers, and boarding and crowding, are among the most successful in the house of medicine.
California Emergency Medicine Advocacy Fund
The California Emergency Medicine Advocacy Fund (CEMAF) supports legislative, legal and regulatory advocacy on behalf of emergency medicine in California; CEMAF funds are managed and administered by California ACEP. Group-level funding of emergency medicine advocacy has allowed California ACEP to double its resources for government relations.
From fair payment to access to care for patients, a strong advocacy voice on behalf of emergency medicine requires significant resources; CEMAF is the muscle that makes it possible. CEMAF funds a comprehensive advocacy program that fights for emergency medicine through legislative, legal and regulatory advocacy, as well as through public relations and media outreach.
CEMAF does not engage directly in political advocacy; however, a portion of each group’s contributions to CEMAF are transferred to the Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee (EMPAC) – a separate legal entity – which does engage in direct political advocacy such as contributions to candidates for elected office.
Contributing groups support emergency medicine advocacy by pledging twenty cents ($0.20) per emergency department visit. Publicly-available emergency department data filed annually by all licensed hospitals with the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) are used to determine emergency department visits for contributing groups.
To support emergency medicine advocacy or to find out more information about donating, email the chapter office at firstname.lastname@example.org.