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AAPI Legislative Day Agenda – 2013

Join AAPI for its 2013 Legislative Day on Capitol Hill

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Policy Conference/Members of Congress
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (includes lunch)
2103 Rayburn House Office Building

8:45 am – Doors open

9:05 am – Opening Remarks


  • Dr. Narendra Kumar, MD – AAPI President
  • Rachakonda Prabhu, MD – Chair, AAPI Legislative Committee
  • Sampat Shivangi, MD – Co-chair, AAPI Legislative Committee

9:15 am – Remarks by U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey, MD (R-GA)

For nearly 30 years, Congressman Gingrey ran a successful obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) practice in Georgia, where he delivered more than 5,000 babies. He volunteers regularly at Good Samaritan Health Clinic, which provides free medical care for patients without health insurance or who are unable to afford care, and actively supports the March of Dimes. He serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Administration Committee. As Chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, Dr. Gingrey works with 21 medical providers in Congress to develop patient centered, patient driven health care reforms focused on quality, access, affordability, portability and choice.

9:30 am – Remarks by U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott, MD (D-WA)

Congressman McDermott is a physician specializing in the field of psychiatry. After completing his residency, he served on active duty in the U.S. Navy treating service members during the Vietnam War. He served in the Washington state legislature and as a U.S. Foreign Service Medical Officer in Africa. He was elected to Congress in 1988 and is a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee. He has visited India more than any other member of Congress and is a past co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

9:45 am – Remarks by U.S. Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY), India Caucus co-chair

Congressman Crowley is the current co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans and was first elected to Congress in 1998. He has visited India on numerous occasions and is known throughout the Indian American community as a longtime champion of stronger U.S.-India relations. He sits on the Ways and Means Committee and is the Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus.

10:00 am – Remarks by Mr. Nissim B. Reuben, Program Director for Indian-Jewish American Relations - American Jewish Committee

Nissim Reuben is a longtime community leader who has harnessed his unique position and background with the AJC to help bring together the Jewish and Indian American communities, recognizing the synergy between the U.S.-Israel and India relationship.

10:15 am – Remarks by Mitul Desai, Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships in the U.S. Department of State’s South & Central Asian Bureau

Mitul Desai is a senior State Department liaison. In this capacity, he engages private sector, NGOs and Diaspora organizations to build partnerships around a variety of issues impacting the South and Central Asian regions, including entrepreneurship, philanthropy, trade and technology. Desai previously worked in the corporate arena as an investment bank analyst, entrepreneur and intellectual property attorney.

10:30 am – Health Care Reform Update and Panel Discussion

  • Thomas C. Roberge, Jr. – Senior Assistant Director for Congressional Affairs, American Medical Association
  • Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. - Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation's Center for Policy Innovation. Dr. Moffit specializes in health care and entitlement programs, particularly Medicare.
  • Leonard Marquez – Director, Government Relations, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Marquez serves as the primary contact for congressional staff and legislators and as the lead association advocate on such issues as Graduate Medical Education (GME), Medicare payments and the physician workforce.
  • Michael C. Stinson, Esquire - Director of Government Relations, Physicians Insurers Association of America (PIAA). PIAA is a leading insurer trade association, representing domestic and international medical professional liability insurance companies owned and/or operated by physicians, hospitals, dentists and other health care providers.

11:30 am – Remarks by U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

Congresswoman Lofgren is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, ranking member of the Immigration subcommittee and a past sponsor of legislation to make the J-1 visa permanent. She will provide AAPI members with an update on comprehensive immigration reform.

11:45 am – Remarks by Aman Kapoor, President – Immigration Voice

Aman Kapoor is the co-founder of Immigration Voice and is the organization’s primary liaison with other groups and agencies. Mr. Kapoor has been working in the U.S. for the past 13 years. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Engineering and MBA from Florida State University. While Mr. Kapoor and his family’s permanent residency application was approved in 2007, he continues to lead Immigration Voice and serve as a community advocate.

12:00 pm – Remarks by U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, MD (R-TN)

Congressman Roe earned a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Austin PeayState University in 1967 and earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1970. Upon graduation, he served two years in the United States Army Medical Corps. Prior to his election to Congress in 2008, he served as the mayor of Johnson City and had his own medical practice, where he delivered nearly 5,000 babies over a 31-year career as an obstetrician and gynecologist.

12:15 pm – Lunch is served

12:20 pm – Remarks by U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ)

Congressman Pallone is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, ranking member of the Health subcommittee and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans. He serves in a leadership position within the House Democratic Caucus as Communications Chair of the Democratic Policy Committee. He has traveled to India numerous times and has been a longtime supporter and advocate in Congress on behalf of the Indian American community.

12:30 pm – Keynote remarks by Dr. Anand K. Parekh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Dr. Anand Parekh provides oversight, direction and coordination of activities pertaining to a range of emerging public health and science issues and the continuum of medical research – including clinical science and health services research. Specifically, Dr. Parekh has provided leadership on a variety of health issues, including quality of care improvement, chronic care management, disease prevention and health promotion, substance abuse prevention and control, and seasonal influenza vaccine promotion.

1:15 pm – Diwali Stamp update from Suresh C. Gupta, MD

Longtime AAPI leader Dr. Suresh Gupta will provide an update on the community’s efforts to get the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp to commemorate Diwali.

1:30 pm – Closing remarks by Dr. Narendra Kumar, AAPI President

Evening Reception

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

S-207 The Capitol Building

Mansfield Room

The following Members of the House and Senate have confirmed their attendance:

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)
U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY)
U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)
U.S. Rep. Ami Bera, MD (D-CA)
U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, MD (R-MD)
U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA)
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV)
U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS)
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
U.S. Rep Joaquin Castro (D-TX)
U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, MD (R-NV)
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-GA)
U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD)
U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)
U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH)
U.S. Rep. Pete Roskam (R-IL)
U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL)
U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA)
U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV)
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)
U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS)
U.S. Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA)
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
U.S. Rep. William Enyart (D-IL)

Briefing/Dinner Hosted by India’s Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Nirupama Rao

Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., briefing/dinner to follow

2107 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008


Space is limited! To hear from top policymakers and Members of Congress, please join us on Thursday, April 11. Please send in your RSVP to: and tell us which of the three events you are attending. We encourage ALL AAPI members to take time away from their busy practices to join us for one day in Washington, D.C., so we can meet Members of Congress and explain our views on health care directly to them.

Hotel Venues Near Capitol Hill:

Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20001
(800) 763-0487

Capitol Hill Suites
200 C Street, S.E.
Washington D.C. 20003
(202) 543-6000

Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-1234

The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel
415 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20001
(202) 638-1616

Hotel George
15 East Street N.W.
Washington D.C. 20001
(202) 347-4200

Parking Garages on Capitol Hill
409 3rd Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 554-0795

412 1st Street, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 484-2228