ADVOCACY

The Arkansas Medical Society’s main mission is to stand up for Arkansas physicians and their patients every day.  Every other year, our advocacy efforts are brought to the forefront during the regular legislative session held at the state Capitol.  We work hard to convey our members’ concerns to the insurance carriers, health networks, and legislature so that Arkansas physicians will always have a seat at the table.

It is now more important than ever that AMS members become involved in our advocacy efforts. There are a few things you can do right now to ensure that the Society will be successful when this General Assembly meets. Watch our video to hear why it’s important to get to know your legislators.

Whether in private practice or employed, physicians are undoubtedly impacted multiple times a day by the decisions legislators have made.  It is vital to have a voice in the room when those decisions are made; often, those that make the decisions see issues from a 30,000 feet level and they need the perspective of how their decisions would impact the practice level. We encourage you to reach out to and get to know your legislators so that you can share your insight and medical expertise regarding crucial issues that will come up.

Hundreds of messages and calls were made throughout the 2021 Legislative Session and that ultimately contributed to the AMS legislative success.  We would like to thank our members for advocating on behalf of Arkansas physicians and patients. 


2021 Legislative Summary: 93rd General Assembly

The Arkansas Medical Society is a community of Arkansas physicians made up of every medical specialty from all over the state. Whether it’s connecting members with resources, education, or information, advocacy is essentially at the core of everything that we do.  With all the different ways to advocate to and for our members, some often wonder if advocating with legislators is worth it.  The answer is simple:  yes, it is worth it. 

Despite all the challenges that were presented during the 2021 Legislative Session, the Arkansas Medical Society worked tirelessly with member physicians, pro-medicine legislators, and other organizations to reach the best outcome possible for the patients of Arkansas.

The Arkansas General Assembly convened on Tuesday, January 12, and legislators hit the ground running.  By the time the legislature went into recess on April 28, 2021, there had been a total of 1675 bills filed, of which 1112 had passed into law. AMS actively tracked almost 240 of those bills throughout the session, and although there were laws passed that we did not support, the AMS Governmental Affairs Team was able to reach a favorable compromise on several other bills.  The following bills represent some of the more high-profile issues AMS successfully fought for and closely monitored that may have an impact on you, your patients, and your practice.


Latest News from Governmental Affairs

  • Reserve Your Spot Today for Our Upcoming Webinars
    A lot of things have changed over the past year, but one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to providing quality, up-to-date education to help you successfully manage your career and practice. Check out the scheduled events below and get registered today! AMS Members – enter your email in the My Information and the […]
  • 2021 Legislative Summary
    The Arkansas Medical Society is a community of Arkansas physicians made up of every medical specialty from all over the state. Whether it’s connecting members with resources, education, or information, advocacy is essentially at the core of everything that we do.  With all the different ways to advocate to and for our members, some often […]
  • Available Dates for Doctor of the Day
    The 2021 Legislative Session has been extended, so we have a few open dates for Doctor of the Day.  If you would like to volunteer the week of April 12th, fill out the form to let us know.
  • Check Your Email for Legislative Updates and Alerts
    Scope of practice bills are now being heard in the House and Senate Public Health Committees, and we are sending members important updates and alerts on these bills that can have a big impact on your practice and career. If you are not receiving these email updates, log into your web profile at the top […]
  • AMS at the Capitol: Scope of Practice Bills To Be Heard Soon
    While there are no scope of practice bills on any agenda for this week (yet), some issues could be heard the week of February 8th. We hope to get a clearer picture soon regarding how these scope of practice issues will be handled in committee. Please keep a look out for our emails and sign […]

AMS Governmental Affairs Team

David Wroten

Executive Vice President

H. Scott Smith, JD

Director, Governmental Affairs

Laura Hawkins

Legislative Support Specialist

Laura Haywood

Membership & Communications Specialist

2021 Doctor of the Day Photo Album



Get Connected.  Get Involved.

Take a look at the bills AMS is tracking for you.  Find out information about where your bill is and where its going.

Want to know who your state senator or local representative?  Enter your address to find out and send them information from you, their constituent

Sign up to participate in AMS’s Doctor of the Day program during the legislative session beginning in January 2021.

AMS members receive weekly updates from the Capitol during the session as well as specific, and timely calls to action. For more information,  email Laura Haywood

Stay Informed through Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

The STAT Team focuses on grassroots efforts to recruit other physicians to get involved in advocacy. Want to become more involved?  Let us know how you would like to help our STAT Team. 



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