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CSMA TODAY SUMMER NEWSLETTER
Summer is finally here in Connecticut. After the long harsh winter, I know we are all looking forward to get outside and enjoy all that Connecticut has to offer. Hope everyone has a fun and safe summer. To stay up-to-date on CSMA happens please check our website, facebook, and linkedin for all the latest news in the CSMA.

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 SAVE THE DATE
NOVEMBER CEU SATURDAY


The CSMA will be holding a CEU Saturday November 14th at the Holiday Inn in Waterbury. We will be offering 4 or 5  CEU Programs and will also be conducting our Fall CSMA Business Meeting. Discount room rates of $89 and  discount tickets to COCO Keys Water Park are available to members attending the meeting . Make a family weekend out of it. More information will be coming soon. Mark those calendars now so you don't miss out. 
AAMA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Sept 18-21 2015
Portland OR

In September 2015, hundreds of medical assistants from across the country will arrive in Portland, Oregon for the AAMA 59th Annual Conference.
Access important conference documents below, and check back for updates as more become available.

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State Business Meeting
August 1, 2015 8:30am at gotomeeting.com
We will be discussing our November 14th CEU Saturday and also legislation issues. Please follow the information below to join this meeting. All are welcome to attend.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/258154605
  • You can also dial in using your phone.
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    Access Code: 258-154-605 
Sept 12 8:30am at gotomeeting.com
All are welcome and encouraged to join us for our Business Meeting and 2016 Conference Planning Meeting. Meeting is held online.We will be discussing 2015 AAMA National Delegate and Alternate packet, and start the planning process for the 2016 56th CSMA Annual State Conference.  Please use information below to log in

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/737188213
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 737-188-213 

 
SPRING/SUMMER ONLINE CEU PROGRAMS
We are offer 3 great Online CEU Programs for the Spring/Summer. The programs are on New Treatments in the Management of MS, Internet Drug Seller, and New Advancements in Juvenile Diabetes. All programs are free to CSMA members. Don't miss out on these three great programs. The online CEU Programs will be offered til September 31st. 

REMEMBER THESE PROGRAMS ARE FREE YOU CSMA MEMBERS

Click on the link below download the programs and find out more.

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UPDATE ON BILL SB981 FROM JIM PAOLINO
  (CSMA LOBBYIST)

The following is a brief wrap-up of the disposition of SB 981, An Act Concerning Medical Assistants. As you know, the bill was passed out of the Senate on the consent calendar (unanimously), but ultimately was not called for a vote on the House floor. The bill faced heavy opposition from nurses, including Rep. Theresa Conroy, who is a nurse by profession and sits on the Public Health Committee. Rep. Peggy Sayers, who has been outspoken on this issue, was willing to work with us on amending and passing a bill, but received opposition from her own party under pressure from the nursing community.
 
Rep. Sayers amendment included an additional 8 hours of training and restricting infants under 18 months from the bill. . Evidently Rep. Sayers and Sen. Terry Gerratana had previously had this conversation, but Sen. Gerratana neglected to put this provision in the bill when it passed the Senate, presumably because she expected the bill would not be called in its current version. If the bill was called and amended on the House floor, it would then need to be sent back up to the Senate to adopt the House amendment. Toward the end of session, time becomes a factor and only bills that are priorities of leadership or of individual members or committee chairs are called in the House.
 
The bill was tabled for House action on 5/21—with only 8 House session days left. Many Representatives from towns who have a heavy nurse presence were also reluctant to take a vote on the bill and the bill was viewed as a “talker.” If a bill is a talker and not a priority of leadership in the last week of session, it is virtually certain it will not be called.
During the process, education centers that train MA/AMT's came forward in support of the bill, but unfortunately to late to help with the grassroots push. In the future, this group needs to be focused much earlier in the process to create volume that can compete with the nurses. We also need to focus more on the number of employees this will cover and some information on carrier ladders, to the extent that it is relevant.
 
Unfortunately, when session begins in February, the entire process must start over. However, the momentum from this year will be very helpful. In the next legislative session we are hopeful that we can address concerns of opponents in the committee process so the bill will not need to be amended on the floor. We also received commitments from leadership to work more closely on the bill next session. We are also hopeful the bill will move out of committee quicker so there will be more time to act on it before the last few days of session.
Personally, I feel that passage of a new law allowing MA's and AMT's to administer vaccines will happen. It will take more work and perseverance, but it will happen. 
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At our meeting on June 27th we voted that the CSMA will be hiring Jim Paolino again and continue our fight to administer vaccines in CT for the 2016 legislation session. We will be meeting with the CT Nursing Organization over the summer in hopes to educate them better about the AAMA and the CMA(AAMA). We still have quite the battle ahead of us. If you are interested in joining the Public Policy Committee and help with the legislation process, please join our meeting online on August 1st. Information is above.