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Public Policy Update 2017

At the ASLMS Board of Directors Meeting on April 6, 2017, Dr. George Hruza, ASLMS Public Policy Director, referenced the letter from the Patients/Physicians United for Laser Safety and Efficacy in support of H5228 to protect patient safety in Rhode Island by ensuring that procedures which utilize laser and energy-based devices are performed under the on-site supervision of a physician.

Dr. Hruza also reported that there is an effort to balance the budget in the State of Ohio by proposing a cosmetic tax.  Efforts to implement a cosmetic tax failed in New Jersey and Connecticut.  Efforts in Ohio appear to be positive and it is anticipated the proposal will be halted before it reaches Governor Kasich.

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