Committee on Government Affairs

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Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

The ICAAP Committee on Government Affairs (COGA) serves as a forum for ICAAP’s member pediatricians to learn about and become active on current state legislation.  Each year, ICAAP staff, lobbyists and the ICAAP Executive Committee identify policy priorities for ICAAP and review as many as 2,000 bills submitted to the Illinois General Assembly, identifying those most relevant to pediatrics and child health and determining if ICAAP should take a position.  The COGA meets to review those bills and positions and discuss how pediatricians can work with legislators to educate them on ICAAP priorities.

Past advocacy priority areas have included obesity and physical activity, insurance coverage for habilitative services, school health programs and services, healthy and safe births, gun control, and protection from injury by promoting bike helmets.

Committee Meetings and Contacts

COGA Meetings: The COGA meets 1-2 times annually by teleconference.  In order to be included on the email list to receive meeting notices, contact ICAAP staff listed below.

COGA Chairperson: Eddie Pont, MD, FAAP

COGA Staff Contact: Jennie Pinkwater, MNM

If you have questions about the committee’s priorities, would like to participate, or would like to make suggestions for future projects, please contact:

Jennie Pinkwater, MNM
Executive Director
1400 W. Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312/733-1026, ext 213
Fax: 312/733-1791