Michigan Osteopathic Association

Michigan Osteopathic Association

100 physicians attend WCOMA’s  legislative forum

The Wayne County Osteopathic Medical Association held its 2013 Legislative Forum on February 11 at Andiamo’s in Dearborn. The meeting of nearly 100 enthusiastic WCOMA members hosted a panel of legislators addressing the concerns of member physicians in Wayne County.

Stephen Bell, D.O., executive director and president of WCOMA, welcomed members and legislators explaining “these are real people who have families. They are in a position to make a difference. They want input from you. Meet your legislators, introduce yourself, get to know them and help them make a difference.”
The legislators in attendance were:
  • Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, representing the 17th State District which includes all of Monroe County, the southern part of Washtenaw County and part of Jackson County.
  • State Representative Dale Zorn, representing District 56 which includes parts of Monroe County including Luna Pier, Milan and Petersburg as well as the townships of Bedford, Dundee, Erie, Ida, LaSalle, Milan, Monroe, Raisinville, Summerfield and Whiteford.
  • State Representative Bill LaVoy, representing Michigan’s 17th House District which covers portions of Wayne and Monroe Counties, including the cities of Monroe, Flat Rock and Rockwood.
  • State Representative Thomas Stallworth, representing the 7th House District which includes Highland Park and a part of the city of Detroit.
  • State Representative David Knezek, representing Michigan’s 11th House District which includes areas within Wayne County such as Dearborn Heights, Garden City and Inkster.

Edward J. Canfield, D.O., president of the Michigan Osteopathic Association said “It’s important for us to develop relationships with our legislators, speak to them as individuals. We understand our issues as physicians and we need to share our concerns and get our message out there.”

Kevin McKinney, MOA lobbyist served as the moderator for the evening. The legislators were asked questions that centered on the expansion of Medicaid, Access to Primary Care, Scope of Practice, Auto No-Fault, strengthening funding for Mental Health Services and Chronic Disease, specifically Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.
The priorities of the legislators in attendance are higher education affordability and accessibility, stabilizing distressed communities, jobs, and making mental health services a priority.
The legislators appreciated being invited to speak to WCOMA members and have the opportunity to learn more about the physician’s views and opinions on issues affecting their practices.
Members of the MOA Board of Trustees and Past Presidents as well as Kris T. Nicholoff, CEO and Executive Director of the MOA were also in attendance. Mr. Nicholoff was seated with Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and discussed vital issues pertaining to osteopathic medicine and physicians.
A special thanks to Cyndi Earles, Director of the MOA Service Corporation, for planning a successful and informative legislative forum for the WCOMA members.