Registration – Renaissance Foyer
7:00 – 8:30am
Breakfast – Renaissance Foyer
Tables will have signs with state names to facilitate introductions and coordination of Congressional visits. Please sit with others from your state.
7:45 – 8:00 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks – Renaissance Ballroom
8:00 – 8:30am
Breakfast with Legislator – Renaissance Ballroom
8:30 – 9:30am
First Plenary: Medicaid and Primary Care – Renaissance Ballroom
This discussion will cover how the Affordable Care Act has changed the Medicaid program, especially in terms of primary care services.
Issue Paper: Increased Medicaid Payment for Primary Care(2 page PDF)
Medicaid Parity Fact Sheet(2 page PDF)
9:30 – 9:45am
9:45 – 10:45am
Second Plenary: Workforce Development – Renaissance Ballroom
This session will focus on the innovated Teaching Health Center program, which supports family medical training.
Issue Paper: Teaching Health Center Reauthorization(2 page PDF)
10:45 – 11:45am
Third Plenary: Graham Center – Renaissance Ballroom
Making the Case: Family Medicine for America's Health
Issue Paper: Investment in Primary Care Workforce and Health Services Research Will Pay off for America(2 page PDF)
11:45am - 12:00pm
12:00 - 1:30pm
Lunch with Health Care Policy Expert – Renaissance Ballroom
1:30 - 1:45pm
FamMedPAC – Renaissance Ballroom
A brief update on how AAFP’s federal political action committee is giving family medicine a “seat at the table” as Congress discusses health care issues.
1:45 - 2:00pm
2:00 - 3:30pm
Skill Development Breakout Sessions
New Advocates – Renaissance Ballroom
All first-time attendees will get an overview of lobbying and advocacy messaging.
Resources for Advocacy Success – Meeting Room 2
Experienced advocates will learn where to find resources to support our legislative and regulatory recommendations and to help understand the legislator’s record.
Preventing Partisan Pitfalls – Meeting Room 3
This workshop session will help you understand how to communicate with legislators and staff regardless of party affiliation.
Maintaining Relationships – Meeting Room 4
Experienced advocates will learn how to continue their efforts and keep up their relationships after the conference is over.
3:45 - 4:30pm
Pulling it All Together – Renaissance Ballroom
This session will present the key family medicine “asks” – Medicaid parity, Teaching Health Centers, and Appropriations for Primary Care Training and Research and advise you on connecting them to your story. In addition, we may touch on other major issues that may be brought up in your Congressional visits -- Medicare payment reform and GME reform.
Issue Paper: Medicare Physician Payment Reform(2 page PDF)
Issue Paper: Modernizing Primary Care Graduate Medical Education (2 page PDF)
4:30 - 5:00pm
State Delegation Planning – Renaissance Ballroom
5:30 - 6:30pm
Reception – Renaissance Foyer
Dinner on your own
Breakfast – Renaissance Foyer
Depart for Congressional Offices
Please use the prepaid Metro card you received at registration to travel to Capitol Hill from the Metro Center Metro Station. If you are going to the Senate side of Capitol Hill, use the Red line to Union Station; if you are going to the House side, use the Blue and Orange lines to the Capitol South station.
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Family Medicine Congressional Conference