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NYSSPS Virtual Advocacy Day 
April 20, 2021

You have the experience, knowledge and ideas to inform lawmakers before they craft and vote on public policy matters affecting the practice of medicine and the care your patients receive. 

This year, the Society will focus its efforts on the following:

  • Promoting insurance coverage for congenital anomalies and reconstructive surgical procedures and therapies

  • Ensuring unqualified practitioners cannot advertise in a false or misleading way

  • Protecting patient safety through policies that prevent non-physicians from performing complex surgical procedures


  • Advocacy ensures issues affecting plastic surgeons and patients are recognized

  • Regardless of your politics, the consequences of state policy affect your daily practice and cannot be ignored

Register today for the opportunity to meet with key policymakers and members of the NYS legislature from your home and business district.


In New York, 1 in 38 babies are born with a congenital anomaly. On average, children with congenital anomalies can expect anywhere from three to five surgical procedures throughout their childhood to restore a more normal appearance and function.

Although insurance carriers may provide coverage for the initial procedures, they may resist coverage of the later stage procedures, claiming they are cosmetic and not medically necessary. Denial or delay of these procedures – which by definition are reconstructive – could lead to long-term physical, functional, and psychological injuries.

To a layperson, repair of a congenital anomaly may seem cosmetic in nature. However, reconstructive surgery is performed to treat structures of the body affected aesthetically or functionally by congenital or developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease. It is generally done to improve function and ability, and may also be performed to achieve a more typical appearance of the affected structure.

Coverage should also be provided for healthcare services that help an individual keep, learn, or improve skills and functioning for daily living. Habilitative services may include physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and other services for people with disabilities in a variety of inpatient and/or outpatient settings.

Take a stand and help kids get a chance at a full and productive life! > Send your legislators an email supporting this important bill

ASPS Advocacy SummitMay 19-26, 2021

Join your plastic surgery colleagues from across the country to educate Congress and help shape policy that impacts your practice and patients at the ASPS Advocacy Summit. We are bringing the nation's capital to you this year with our virtual meeting format! During the Virtual Advocacy Summit, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet with your U.S. Senators and Representative
  • Participate in workshops to learn more about the state, federal and regulatory issues facing the specialty
  • Shape the Society's advocacy agenda by determining ASPS's federal and state policy priorities
  • Learn first-hand from congressional staff, administration liaisons and political analysts about the future of healthcare
  • Network with leaders from ASPS and local, state and regional plastic surgery societies

As a board-certified plastic surgeon and an ASPS member, you have the experience, knowledge and ideas to inform Congress before they craft and vote on public policy matters affecting the practice of medicine and the care your patients receive. Join us at the Virtual Advocacy Summit and make your voice heard!

Registration will be free for all U.S. members, residents, and fellows. Local, state, and regional plastic surgery society staff and lobbyists are also encouraged to attend the event for free by registering with Darcy McLaughlin at DMcLaughlin@plasticsurgery.org or visiting: https://www1.plasticsurgery.org/shopping/product.aspx?id=30684&catID=20&to=shopasps

Registration Deadline: May 17, 2021. If you are interested in participating after our registration deadline, please contact Darcy McLaughlin at DMcLaughlin@plasticsurgery.org.

*The Advocacy Summit will replace the ASPS Regional Fly-Ins in 2021. In-person Regional Fly-Ins will return in 2022.

The New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc (NYSSPS) was founded in 2008 on the guiding principle that New York’s plastic surgeons need an entity focused directly on representing its member's interests at the state / federal legislative and regulatory levels.

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