With state legislative sessions underway and more than 100,000 bills being considered to date, AAP chapters are working to advance their child advocacy agendas. Pediatricians are connecting with state policymakers at chapter advocacy days in state capitols and sharing a simple message in what they say and through the buttons they wear, “The kids sent me.”

In the midst of a measles outbreak in California, leadership from all four chapters in the state/AAP District IX headed to Sacramento to advocate for legislation that would eliminate nonmedical exemptions to school immunization requirements. The legislation is co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Richard J. Pan, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP.

In April, they held a second chapter advocacy day with the state medical society and other state medical specialty societies. Chapter members were among more than 400 physicians, including 50 pediatric residents, discussing with state legislators issues such as Medicaid payment, increasing tobacco taxes, regulating e-cigarettes...

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