Neurologists go to Washington


2nd Annual Neurology on the Hill Day

St. Paul, Minn. (June 14, 2004) June 8 and 9 marked the second annual Neurology on the Hill Day as a group of 53 neurologists traveled to Washington, D.C. to put a face on neurological issues with more than 100 members of Congress.

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), Neurology on the Hill Day empowers neurologists to advocate on behalf of their patients for sensible healthcare reforms at the national level.

On Capitol Hill, the participants asked that their legislators support medical liability reform, the STOP Stroke Act, changes in prescription drug formulary policies and the Medicare physician payment formula, and the completion of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center at the National Institutes of Health.

The AAN neurologists, from 29 states, met with 112 members of Congress. This is nearly double the efforts of Neurology on the Hill Day in 2003, when the AAN sent 30 neurologists from 16 states who visited 69 members of Congress.

"Creating legislative policy is often an abstract and calculated process, where the true impact of new laws and regulations gets lost," said Mark S. Yerby, MD, MPH, who chairs the AAN Legislative Affairs Committee. "This event is an opportunity to remind our elected officials in Washington that their decisions have a tremendous effect good or bad on the lives of people with neurological disorders and the doctors who are dedicated to treating them."

The 53 participating neurologists are listed by state at the end. For more information about the American Academy of Neurology and Neurology on the Hill, visit

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