AACEPAC Challenge: A Message from Dr. Elizabeth Holt
Dear fellow Carolinas Chapter-AACE members,
Numbers matter and Dr. Usah Lilavivat from South Carolina believes that our chapter is up to the challenge of demonstrating strong support and commitment for AACE advocacy. So much so, that he is willing to place his wallet on the line to show his excitement about AACEPAC and encourage each of you to be an active participant in the political process to have our voices heard!
Dr. Lilavivat has offered to double or quadruple his current AACEPAC contribution of $250 if other Carolinas-AACE members contribute at any level and increase our chapters participation rate! Currently, only fifteen (15) out of almost 200 Carolinas-AACE Chapter members contribute to AACEPAC, resulting in a chapter participation rate of just slightly less than 8%. If only thirty-three (33) more chapter members contribute, our participation rate will increase to 25% and Dr. Lilavivat will contribute another $250! If EVERYONE contributes and we reach 100%, he will quadruple his contribution bringing it to $1,000!!!
Participation is key and your support at any level will help AACEPAC advance AACEs legislative agenda and enhance the influence of AACE on Capitol Hill. Any amount you are willing to contribute will be greatly appreciated, although a modest $25 each could pool together into almost $4,500 for AACEPAC on top of Dr. Lilavivats increased contribution! A 100% participation rate would certainly secure our chapter as the 2016 AACEPAC Challenge winner for highest percentage of AACEPAC members and possibly the title of highest dollar amount of AACEPAC contributions raised as well!
Dr. Lilavivat and I would like you to join us in helping the Carolinas-AACE Chapter to do its part to ensure AACEPAC and AACEs legislative agenda will be heard in Congress. Strong AACE advocacy will help ensure that we remain the recognized leaders in diabetes care and other endocrine diagnoses. AACEPAC support by each domestic member is vital to AACEs advocacy efforts to represent our interests in Congress by having a voice in policy decisions that have a direct impact on us and our patients. Robust participation positions AACE among the highest participation rates of any subspecialty medical group in the country. You may not be aware, but the participation rate is an important factor in our influence when we lobby on Capitol Hill. A high participation rate will send the very powerful message to Congress that we care and are invested in both the process and in the agenda for which we advocate.
Our Senators and Representatives want to know that all of our members care deeply about issues such as AACEs diabetes initiative, the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act (H.R. 1192/S. 586), the Medicare CGM Access Act (H.R. 1427/S. 804), and overseeing the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization (MACRA) law that reforms the Medicare physician payment system and addresses Meaningful Use and the interoperability of electronic health records.
I urge you to step up to Dr. Lilavivats challenge to be involved in AACE advocacy and the future of endocrinology by contributing today to AACEPAC. You can contribute to AACEPAC, review additional information, or see where the chapter stands in the AACEPAC Challenge by clicking here or by contacting Ms. Alysia Perry, Manager of Grassroots Activities, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-353-7878 ext. 132.
I look forward to joining you in celebrating our achievement at the upcoming annual meeting in Hilton Head on September 9th-11th! Thank you in advance for your support and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Elizabeth Holt, MD, FACE
Vice Chair, AACEPAC
Past President, Carolinas Chapter-AACE