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   Chapter Advocacy Representative

    Eduardo S. Antezano, MD, MBA, FACP, FACC

    e: eantezano@gmail.com

    Twitter: @eantezano

2020 Legislative Meeting
October 3-6, 2020 | Washington, DC
Members of the Iowa ACC  Advocacy team attended the first-ever virtual Legislative Conference from October 4-6, 2020. This conference occurred at an unprecedented time, when he COVID-19 public health emergency has underscored the importance of ACC's advocacy work on behalf of clinicians, patients and the entire medical community. As a result of the recording-breaking 12,000 messages sent to Congress from ACC members, our voices were heard and many CV policy priorities were included in each COVID-19 legislative relief packag, including vast telehealth waivers and flexibilities, billions for PPE and testing, and unexpanded access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries, among others, but our work continues. The Iowa ACC Advocacy team met with congressional leaders to share ways the cardiovascular community is providing quality, cost-effective, evidence-based care to millions of patients nationwide.

Dr. Antezano and Ashwath met with Representative Cynthia Axne’s Legislative Director, Denise Fleming.

Drs. Antezano and Ashwath met with Representative Dave Loebsack and his staff Scott Stockwell.

Drs. Antezano, Ashwath and Kotev met with Senator Chuck Grassley’s Legislative Assistant, Maddie Davidson.

Drs. Ponnapureddy, Ashwath, Antezano, Kotev and Corina Iorgoveanu met with Senator Joni Ernst’s assistants, Haley DeHaes & Anna Breen.

Iowa ACC Advocacy Team (L to R): Dr. Rakesh Ponnapureddy, Dr. Mahi Ashwath, Chapter President, Dr. Eduardo Antezano, Chapter Advocacy Representative, Dr. Spas Kotev,  Corina Iorgoveanu, Women in Cardiology FIT Chair.

Iowa Capitol

Links to Iowa Government

The American College of Cardiology's advocacy has resulted in a number of significant wins for providers, patients, and practices in recent years. Through its advocacy efforts, the College has:

  • Protected patient access to imaging and other essential cardiovascular services
  • Facilitated alternative payment model participation Testified during congressional committee hearings
  • Advanced cardiovascular disease prevention in the states
  • Influenced national coverage decisions

Click here for ACC's Health Policy Resource Center.

Action Items

  • Visit the ACC's Advocacy Action page.
  • ACC Advocacy hotline: CALL 1-800-435-9203

Advocacy Events

    2019 Legislative Meeting
    November 2-4, 2019 | Washington, DC

    2018 Legislative Meeting
    September 30-October 2, 2018 | Washington, DC


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