Taking State Affairs To The Next Level
Ensuring patients have access to innovative treatments and cures requires effective advocacy at all levels of government, including the state level. Accordingly, AdvaMed’s State Government Affairs team works to engage state lawmakers and regulators to advance our policy goals. In 2018, we leveraged our recently established California field office, and our work in concert with members, and state and local medtech groups, to mark key successes across the nation:
AdvaMed led a coalition to protect clinical trials and other health care data use from conflicts with the landmark California Consumer Privacy Act. The team also worked to ensure harmonization of state-based cybersecurity legislation with FDA regulations, and stopped onerous and unnecessary “digital pill” legislation.
The Association continued to fight state and local government efforts to require costly manufacturer take-back programs for home-generated medical sharps waste, and played a leadership role in negotiating an agreement lowering costs and allowing manufacturers flexibility to comply with new California take-back requirements. AdvaMed also helped to successfully push back against Illinois legislation relating to emissions of ethylene oxide, which is used to sterilize many devices.
AdvaMed pushed back against a coordinated campaign in nearly twenty states where legislation was introduced to require manufacturers of digital electronics to provide repair information to customers and third-party servicers. To date, none of the so-called “Right to Repair” bills have been adopted.
In an effort to increase awareness of the extraordinary value and impact of medical technology to save and improve lives, AdvaMed expanded efforts to build relationships with governors and other key policymakers in statehouses across the country. During the year, these efforts resulted in an industry roundtable discussion with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, an address by Utah Governor Gary Herbert at The MedTech Conference in Philadelphia, and additional events with state legislators in several states.
State Medical Technology Alliance
The State Medical Technology Alliance (SMTA), AdvaMed’s network of state and regional trade associations, continued to bolster the industry’s grassroots reach and ability to engage effectively with state and federal policymakers. Whether in their respective states or Washington, D.C., SMTA members worked with AdvaMed throughout the year to ensure key legislative priorities were top-of-mind for delegations across the country. Under the continued leadership of SMTA Chairman Shaye Mandle, president and CEO of the Medical Alley Association, SMTA enjoyed markedly increased engagement and the group now counts 40 associations as members.