Posted: June 7, 2021
CSRO Meets with State Policymakers at Executive Meeting in Puerto Rico
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) hosted their first in-person executive meeting since the pandemic put a hold on travel. The gathering brought legislators and advocates from across the country together to network and determine their priorities for the year.
The two-day event took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Michael Schweitz, MD and Robert Levin, MD represented the CSRO. The meeting provided sponsors the opportunity to listen in on individual committee meetings and the NCSL full executive committee meeting. CSRO spoke about drug pricing reform and utilization management issues with legislators from Florida, Illinois, Arkansas, Utah, Oregon, Colorado, Maryland, Ohio, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Vermont, and others.
As the host, Puerto Rico’s Governor held a reception at the La Fortaleza (The Fortress), which is the official residence of the Governor. He greeted attendees and provided his support for a path to make Puerto Rico an official state. The reception also included around 40 more legislators that were there for the NCSL leadership conference that was taking place later in the week.
The NCSL hosts several meetings throughout the year that the CSRO attends. The next stop will be in Tampa, Florida for the annual meeting, which will take place the first week in November of 2021. This meeting usually hosts around 3,000 state legislators and legislative staff from around the country. The CSRO expects there to be some new opportunities to help educate policymakers through the NCSL and will provide an update to our members when plans have been finalized.
For more information about the NCSL, visit ncsl.org
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