The Missouri Dermatological Society Association (MDSA) is the advocacy branch of the Missouri Dermatological Society, with a mission to advance, defend and monitor state legislative & regulatory issues impacting dermatology and the practice of medicine.

Throughout the year, MDSA engages in a variety of advocacy activities throughout Missouri and in the State Capitol. These efforts engage our general membership and are largely driven and coordinated by a legislative and advocacy subcommittee who works directly with our contract lobbyist.

Advocacy efforts are intended to maintain a presence in Missouri and local communities, advocate for our profession and raise awareness and education on the importance of dermatological care.



Legislative Lobbying, Monitoring & Tracking:


MSDA has contracted with a lobbyist since 2007, which has proven to be a worthwhile investment in our successful advocacy efforts. 

MDSA’s lobbyist works with society leadership prior to the legislative session to discuss legislation & strategies. During the legislative session, MDSA’s lobbyist represents our profession and industry in the State Capitol & monitors and tracks legislation of interest.


Grassroots & Member Engagement:


MDSA actively works to keep members informed and engaged in advocacy efforts throughout the year. This includes weekly tracking reports during the legislative session as well as updates on priority legislation.

As bills of interest work their way through the General Assembly, members are notified of their status, encouraged to participate in strategic decisions, and encouraged to reach out to their legislators and ask for their support.


Annual Skin Screening Day at the Capitol:


The society’s largest advocacy activity has been the Annual Skin Screening Day at the Capitol. Members travel to the State Capitol during the legislative session to offer complimentary skin screenings to legislators, staff, and members of the general public.

MDSA sets up several private screening stations in a high-traffic area of the Capitol for screenings and consultations. Every year, we see several patients receive recommendations for biopsies and a referral to a local physician.

Free sunscreen, or some other item, is distributed to people who pass by the station, along with accompanying information on the importance of dermatological care. While at the Capitol, members also use this day as an opportunity to speak with key legislators on healthcare policy to discuss Society priorities.





MDSA Advocacy Priorities are those identified as most critical to the practice of Dermatological Care – and more importantly, the safety and wellbeing of those we serve.

Missouri prioritizes certain legislative agenda items each year and also work to support the Advocacy Agenda of the American Academy of Dermatology Association.




Reducing the Risk of Skin Cancer & Excessive UV Exposure in Children


Allowing Students to Use Sunscreen in School, at After-School Activities & Youth Camps without a Doctor’s Notes

Currently, there is nothing in Missouri law that addresses students’ ability to use sunscreen in school and at after-school activities. This leaves the decisions up to the individual school, and subsequently many schools prohibit their students from administering their own sunscreen.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention believe that school policies that prohibit student possession can create barriers to the use of important sun protection methods.

Proposed legislation would allow students to possess and self-apply sunscreen that is regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. School employees shall not be liable for any adverse reaction or for acting in accordance with statute, but may assist students in applying sunscreen.


Prohibiting Children Under the Age of 18 to use Tanning Bed Facilities.

Existing state law defines tanning devices and tanning facilities and prohibits their use for anyone under seventeen years of age.  

MDSA proposed legislation amends this current law to prohibit any person under the age of eighteen years of age from using a tanning device of any tanning facility in the state. It will also put more consumer protections in statute, including required notice in tanning facilities about the associated health risks; required use protective eyewear while using tanning devices; and required ability for the customer to turn off the device during use.

American Academy of Dermatology Association Priorities:

  • Anatomic Pathology Billing Appropriate Coverage and Reimbursement
  • Biosimilar Substitution 
  • Cosmetic Procedures Taxes and Medical Provider Taxes
  • Electronic Health Records Implementation
  • Indoor Tanning Regulation
  • Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
  • Medical Liability Reform
  • Medical Research Funding
  • Medical Spa Standards of Practice
  • Medicare Physician Payment Reform/Global Periods and Fee-for-Service
  • Network Adequacy and Transparency
  • Office-Based Surgery
  • Pharmaceutical Access and Affordability
  • Regulatory Relief Under MACRA
  • Relief from Burdensome Regulations affecting the Practice of Medicine
  • Scope-of-Practice
  • Skin Cancer Prevention
  • Telemedicine

Learn more about the AADA’s Advocacy Priorities, Policies, and Position Statements on their website.