American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

State Government Affairs

The AOA supports the osteopathic profession by monitoring and advocating on state-level legislation, regulations and licensure issues. Key areas of focus include scope of practice, pain management, medical liability reform and osteopathic licensure and equivalency.

Activity at the state level is tracked through a combination of an electronic 50-state legislative tracking system, news from publications and other professional organizations, and communication with AOA members and affiliate organizations. As part of our commitment to protecting patient safety through responsible scopes of practice, ​the AOA is a Steering Committee member of the Scope of Practice Partnership (SOPP). AOA members and affiliate organizations have access to SOPP materials​ and additional resources on priority issues. The AOA also has resources available for AOA members and affiliate organizations on state implementation of the Affordable Care Act

To impart the knowledge and skills necessary for physicians and association staff to successfully​ advocate for patients and the osteopathic profession, the AOA hosts the annual Advocacy for Healthy Partnerships/Osteopathic Medical Educators & Leaders conference.

The AOA also supports the Bureau of State Government Affairs (BSGA) in policy review and development. This includes the comparison of emerging and ongoing health policy issues with the AOA’s policy compendium. The BSGA meets several times annually, including two public meetings held in conjunction with the AOA’s House of Delegates and OMED​.​