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2019 State Affairs

Building Partnerships For Long-Term Engagement

Ensuring patient access to innovative treatments and cures requires vigilant work at all levels of government, including the state level. Accordingly, AdvaMed’s State Government Affairs team works to engage state policymakers to achieve our policy goals. In 2019, we engaged on an unprecedented number of state issues to achieve key successes across the nation:

Patient Safety

The Association worked closely with policymakers in Illinois to ensure continued access to safe and effective medical products by opposing premature changes to regulation of ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization. The State Affairs team also escalated engagement in all states to emphasize the vital role of EtO in the medical technology ecosystem and address increased regulatory activity (see related section in the “Advocacy In Action” summary above).

Data Stewardship

AdvaMed continued to advocate for improvements to the landmark California Consumer Privacy Act and lead a national effort to mitigate the unintended consequences of a wave of new state-based data privacy legislation. In conjunction with AdvaMed’s newly convened Data Stewardship & Privacy Work Group and the Government Affairs department, the State Affairs team advanced development of a long-term strategy for data stewardship that would protect health care information from duplicative and burdensome regulations.

Third-Party Repair

AdvaMed remained highly effective against a coordinated campaign in nearly twenty states to introduce “Right to Repair” legislation. The legislation would require manufacturers to inappropriately share certain information with third-party servicers, which could pose risks to patient safety and cybersecurity.

Direct Engagement

To increase awareness about 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. State Affairs was joined at The MedTech Conference in Boston by a large contingent of the Massachusetts Legislature, as well as Governor Charlie Baker, who reiterated his state’s commitment to fostering the life sciences.

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 leadership of SMTA Chairman Dean Paranicas, president and CEO of the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey, SMTA enjoyed markedly increased engagement and the group now counts 40 associations as members.