CHICAGO, June 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The nation's broadest assembly of physicians will convene this morning for its final day of voting on proposals that will shape the health care agenda of the American Medical Association (AMA), the country's largest physician organization.

The House of Delegates is the AMA's primary policy-making body consisting of an inclusive group of physicians and medical students representing every state and specialty. Delegates will work in a legislative forum to create a national physician consensus on emerging medical issues in public health, science, ethics, education, business and government.

Among the health care issues expected today to be considered by proposed policies include:

  • Exclusive use of beverages taxes to help fight obesity
  • Adverse health effects of excessive nighttime lighting
  • Sales of tobacco in pharmacies

For a comprehensive list of the items to be considered by the House of Delegates, please visit the AMA website.

The AMA House of Delegates will convene for voting at 8:00 a.m. (CT) in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. This final legislative session is expected to proceed today until 11:00 a.m. (CT).

The AMA House of Delegates is open to credentialed members of the press. To arrange for press credentials, or to receive additional details on the meeting, please contact the AMA Newsroom at (312) 239-4991. The AMA Newsroom is located in the Riverside Center Exhibition Hall on the purple level of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The AMA Newsroom will close today at 11:00 am (CT).

WHAT

Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates

WHERE

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Downtown Chicago

WHEN

Saturday, June 16, through Wednesday, June 20

CONTACT UNTIL 11 AM (CT)

AMA Newsroom (Hyatt Regencey Chicago) – (312) 239-4991

CONTACTS AFTER 11 AM (CT)

AMA Media Relations (Washington) – (202) 789-7421
AMA Media Relations (Chicago) – (312) 464-4430

TODAY'S EVENTS

Voting Session of the AMA House of Delegates
8:00 to 11:00 am (CT) in the Grand Ballroom
Delegates convene for the second day of voting on proposed policies.

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