ASCA's National Advocacy Day Program

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ASCA’s National Advocacy Day program helps ASCA members build relationships with the policymakers who make the decisions that directly impact the ASC industry and its patients. ASCA schedules a full day of congressional meetings on Capitol Hill for each participant. In addition, ASCA provides dinner and a training briefing the night before. During the briefing, ASCA staff will explain current ASC legislation and how to conduct a successful congressional meeting.

For more information, please contact Danielle Kaster at dkaster@ascassociation.org.

2018 National Advocacy Day

Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email with more details. Please note, all participants are in charge of their own hotel reservations. The confirmation email will provide a link to ASCA's hotel room block. ASCA will provide a $75 hotel credit to all participants prior to checkout.

The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport to both hotels and Capitol Hill.

For more information, please contact Danielle Kaster at dkaster@ascassociation.org.

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2017 National Advocacy Day

Thank you to everyone who participated in ASCA's 2017 National Advocacy Day. Three hundred ASC community members gathered on Capitol Hill in May to visit with more than 240 legislators.

Rudy Martinez, Sharon Anderson, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Mark Wade, MD, and David Flory, MD, PhD.

 

ASCA member Leah Ethridge visits with Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) as part of ASCA's 2017 National Advocacy Day.


Frequently Asked Questions

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ASCA staff divides participants by state. Your state group could range from two to five people. ASCA staff then coordinates with your state’s federal delegation—House of Representatives and Senate—to plan your meetings.

Sometimes the actual legislator cannot come to the meeting and you will meet with their staff instead. Don’t be discouraged—meeting with their staff is just as important as meeting with the Congress member because they choose what their boss sees and advises them on how to vote. It’s important to educate the staff, too.

No one expects you to be an expert on policy. Your member of Congress wants to hear about your patients and the services you provide. They want to know about the issues impacting your ASC’s ability to provide care. Tell a memorable story and then ask them to support ASC legislation.

It’s okay! If you don’t know the answer to a question, say that you will get back to them with the information. It’s a great way to follow up and ASCA will assist you with the information. Please do not make up an answer.

A map of Capitol Hill and the buildings will be on the back of your participant folder. The House of Representatives buildings are all on the south side of the Capitol building, while the Senate buildings are on the northeast side.

Capitol police officers are stationed throughout Capitol Hill and will be able to provide you with directions.

Always ask for something. In every congressional meeting, ask your legislator to cosponsor ASC legislation and tour your ASC.