The CAP lobbies for laws that protect the pathologist's ability to provide high-quality services in a fair, competitive environment. Unlike other pathology-related groups with only a handful of advocates, we have more than 25 advocacy professionals fighting for your interests. The CAP is the only pathologists' organization classified as a 501(c)(6), meaning we're unrestricted in our lobbying. Our efforts are bolstered by 120 pathologists continuously tackling the issues important to the pathology specialty on policy-related committees. Our annual Policy Meeting includes Hill Day, when pathologists meet with their senators and representatives in Congress to advocate for pathology and patients.
Together, we're leading advocacy regarding pathology issues across the country and throughout the lawmaking process—from concept to revisions, to passage, and real-world application. These issues include:
To strengthen the profession of pathology nationwide, our strong partnerships with state pathology societies bolster advocacy efforts at the state level. CAP Advocacy actively works together with state pathology societies on issues, such as:
When working with elected officials, the number of members in an organization helps determine its influence. Joining the CAP and your state pathology society is the best way to enhance pathology's influence across the United States. The CAP maintains a reference directory of state pathology societies for members.