Georgia Academy Leader Invited to Participate in Congresswoman McBath Health Roundtable

From L to R Past GAFP President, Mitzi Rubin, MD and U.S. Representative Lucy McBath (D-Marietta)

Past GAFP President, Mitzi Rubin, MD of Atlanta was the only physician represented at a recent health care roundtable held by U.S. Representative Lucy McBath (D-Marietta) to discuss issues facing clinicians, patients, and advocates in the Sixth District.

Healthcare is a top legislative priority for McBath, who is a two-time breast cancer survivor. McBath is a co-founder of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, which aims to address the health disparities for mothers of color, and a vice-chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She sits on the House Education and Labor and House Judiciary Committees.

Dr. Rubin was able to discuss key areas of federal legislation for the AAFP and GAFP including:

  • Urge Representative McBath to support appropriations for $50 million in FY 2020 for firearm morbidity and mortality prevention research
  • Ask Representative McBath to co-sponsor the HB 2774, the Primary Care Patient Protection Act
  • The bill modifies the Health Savings Account law to include up to two primary care visits in any high deductible health plan with no cost sharing
  • Encourage Representative McBath to join the Congressional Primary Care Caucus