September 18, 2015

Lead Story:
Legislative Advocacy Events in Dallas
The AAO-HNSF 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM begins next week, and we don’t want you to miss several opportunities to receive legislative and political updates while in Dallas. Mark your calendar for these “insider” events:

  • BOG Legislative Affairs Committee meeting – Saturday, September 26, 1:00-2:45 pm, Dallas Ballroom A in the Omni Dallas Hotel. Non-committee members are invited to attend as guests.

  • “Invitation Only” Advocacy Leadership Luncheon – Monday, September 28, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Room “Southside 1” in the Omni Dallas Hotel. This is an exclusive event for members of the ENT PAC Chairman’s Club ($1,000+ donors), winners of the 2014 SRF Advocacy Involvement Campaign, and other key advocacy leaders. This year’s special guest speaker is former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

  • ENT PAC Investors “Thank-You” reception – Monday, September 28, 7:00-9:00 pm, Gilley’s Dallas, 1135 South Lamar Street (Jack Daniel’s Saloon). This event, within walking distance of the Convention Center, is open to 2015 ENT PAC Investors who have made contributions of $100 or more, and residents who have contributed $50 or more.

  • Stop by one (or both) of the legislative advocacy booths to learn more about various advocacy-related programs, including the new Project 535 campaign. The booths are conveniently located in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center near Lobby D (level 2) or outside the Omni Dallas Hotel’s Dallas Ballroom.

Action Requested:
Become a Legislative Tracker for Your State
The AAO-HNS is recruiting volunteers to monitor legislative “tracking reports” in each state. Trackers will help identify state legislation requiring Academy assistance (e.g. letters, testimony, action alert). Volunteers are still needed in Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique leadership opportunity, contact

Help Celebrate 20 Years of Bipartisan Advocacy
ENT PAC is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Help us set a course for success in the next 20 years by making your 2015 contribution today. To make a contribution, log-in to using your AAO-HNS member ID (NOT your email address) and password or send your personal check (payable to ENT PAC) to 1650 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, VA 22314.*

AMA to Host Town Hall on Meaningful Use
On Tuesday, September 29, from 6:30-8:30 pm (EDT), the American Medical Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society will host a town hall meeting to discuss Meaningful Use regulations and the impact on patient care. To participate in the meeting either in-person or online, click here.

Informational Updates:
AAO-HNS Signs Coalition Letter Supporting Tobacco Enforcement
On September 10, the AAO-HNS joined other health-related organizations in sending a letter to members of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee opposing cuts to FDA and CDC funding that would significantly weaken efforts to regulate tobacco products.

EHDI Legislation Heads to the U.S. Senate
On September 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 1344) via a voice vote to reauthorize the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program. The EHDI program works to identify infants and children with hearing loss and provide information about various early-intervention services. If enacted, H.R. 1344 would reauthorize the EHDI program for an additional five years. The AAO-HNS and others in the hearing health community are now working to devise a strategy to ensure Senate passage this fall. Contact your U.S. Senator to support H.R. 1344 today!

Other Time-Sensitive Academy Updates:
Ensure Your Society is Represented
Mark your calendar for the Board of Governors (BOG) Committee meetings at the AAO-HNSF 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM – Saturday, September 26, 11:00 am- 4:45 pm CDT – followed by the BOG General Assembly on Monday, September 28, 5:00-7:00 pm CDT. Act now to ensure your Society is represented!

*Contributions to ENT PAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary, and all members of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Federal law prohibits ENT PAC from accepting contributions from foreign nationals. By law, if your contributions are made using a personal check or credit card, ENT PAC may use your contribution only to support candidates in federal elections. All corporate contributions to ENT PAC will be used for educational and administrative fees of ENT PAC, and other activities permissible under federal law. Federal law requires ENT PAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.