Advocacy

Advocacy/Policy

According to our members, the Vermont Medical Society is “the most consistent lobbying presence for medicine in Montpelier.” "VMS’ credibility and ethos has led to successful advocacy” that “puts patients and science first to do what’s right for the population’s health.” We provide the bridge between members and lawmakers and other decision-makers to “help members feel like health care, despite its complexity, makes sense, and that they have a voice.”

Lawmakers state that “VMS puts policy over politics and supplies information that is impactful to legislators.”

VMS maintains an active presence at the both the Statehouse in Montpelier and in Washington, D.C. in our continuous work to be a voice for our members. Each year, VMS is involved with a wide range of issues of importance to physicians and their patients, such as health system reform, reimbursement, medical privacy, physician licensing, public health (marijuana, tobacco, fluoridation, vaccination), end-of-life care, insurance regulation, liability reform and more.

For up-to-date information on VMS advocacy efforts, view the current and archived issues of the VMS Rounds and VMS Legislative Bulletin. You can also learn more about becoming involved with VMS advocacy efforts here.