By John Richardson, NSGC Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations
State Licensure Update
Alabama has sent their licensure bill to the governor where it awaits her signature. Colorado was also successful in getting their bill to their governor but it is doubtful the bill will be signed into law as the regulatory authority has opposed the bill even though almost two-thirds of both houses supported the bill. This has been a watershed year for licensure efforts as our community has enacted three bills, and more states have legislatures still in session. Texas passed its bill out of the House, which is a significant accomplishment. And there are many states poised for success next year too. These efforts often take years and years of preparation and hard work. Congratulations to all who have contributed to these efforts!
CMS Recognition Update
Please keep your eye out for an NSGC Action Alert next week. Federal legislation that would recognize genetic counselors as Medicare practitioners should be introduced in the 116th Congress early next week and our grassroots efforts will dial up in earnest. Please respond to Action Alerts as they are extremely important and effective in gaining the attention of members of Congress to this important issue.
In addition, some of you have signed up as a key contact with congressional offices. Additional information and requests for action should hit your inbox next week. Key contacts will contact congressional staff directly – and we need a couple of genetic counselors per congressional district to fill this role. We will make this activity very simple by providing contact information and message templates. We hope genetic counselors will develop relationships with their members of Congress and act as resources to them for issues around genetics and genomics. If you would like to become a key contact, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article was published in the May 2019 Advocate Newsletter.