Collaborate with ASPS in Your State
ASPS strives to partner with local, state and regional plastic surgery societies whenever advocacy initiatives arise, as increased amplification of advocacy messaging and on-the-ground leadership generally tend to lead to better outcomes. Efforts become even more effective when additional resources are added to the mix, which is why ASPS distributes individual grants of up to $10,000 to plastic surgery societies to advocate on legislation and/or regulations that affect plastic surgeons and their patients.
The grant program, part of the ASPS State Partnership Program, saw four states receive grant funding in FY2019:
- The Connecticut Society of Plastic Surgeons to oppose efforts by dentists to inappropriately expand their scope of practice
- The Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons to support their work in updating the state's office-based surgery laws and ensure that gluteal fat grafting was not outlawed completely
- The New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons to introduce and advance congenital anomalies coverage legislation mirroring the Society's federal white hat issue
- The Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons to assist with shaping the state legislature's update to the out-of-network law
ASPS has already received multiple grant applications for FY2020, and funds will be available through June 2020. Grant applications and awardee determinations are made on a rolling basis, so interested societies are encouraged to apply immediately to ensure the best chance at securing funding.