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 Chapter Advocacy Representative

 Daniel Shivapour


The 2022 ACC Legislative Conference was held October 16-18th in Washington, DC. 

Our Advocacy Team attended the Virtual ACC Legislative Conference Oct 4th to 6th.  Click here for photos.

2021 Legislative Meeting

October 5, 2021 | Virtual Meeting

Drs. Lakshmanan, Ashwath, Koranne, Awan, Antezano

and Patel met with Representative Cynthia Axne.


Drs. Antezano, Ashwath, Koranne, Olshansky, and Khan met with

Representative Ashley Hinson's staffer, Caroline Doxsee.


Drs. Antezano, Ashwath, Lakshmanan, Koranne, Kotev

and Patel met with Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks

and her staffer, Kendyl Willox.


Drs. KoranneAshwath, Antezano, Lakshmanan, Patel 

and Khan met with Representative Randy Feenstra

and his staffer, Tim Medeiros.


Drs. Antezano, Ashwath, Awan, Lakshmanan, Koranne

Patel  and Khan met with Senator Joni Ernst.

Drs. Ashwath, Koranne, Antezano, Lakshmanan, Khan

and Kotev met with Senator Grassley's staffer, Nic Pottebaum.

2021 Legislative Meeting
January 25, 2021 | Virtual Meeting

Dr. Ashwath met with Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks

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.

Congressman Dave Loebsack Site Visit, March 2, 2018
Genesis Heart Center, Davenport, Iowa




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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