State Legislative Conference

October 25-27, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Be an advocate for family medicine.

Learn about issues influencing health care and how to effect change where you live. Connect with health policy experts, family physicians, chapter leaders, and AAFP staff. Build your list of contacts to call on for insights and recommendations.

Share your experience, participate in discussions, and attend sessions on:

  • Administrative simplification
  • Prescription drug pricing
  • Election update
  • Primary care spend
  • Medicaid
  • Scope of practice
  • The opioid epidemic

Be a resource for your state. Attend the State Legislative Conference. 

2018 Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, October 25 
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.Pre-conference Welcome Reception 
 Join us for networking, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks as we welcome conference attendees to Florida
Friday, October 26 
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.Registration and Breakfast
8:00 - 8:15 a.m.Welcome to Florida
 Speaker: John Cullen, MD, FAAFP, President, AAFP
8:15 - 9:45 a.m.State Advocacy Roundtable
 Leadership in State Government Advocacy Award Winners: California AFP, Kansas AFP, Pennsylvania AFP, and South Carolina AFP
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.Standardizing the Measurement of Commercial Health Plan Primary Care Spending
 Speakers: Rachel Block, Program Officer, Milbank Memorial Fund
 Resources: Primary Care Spend Toolkit (chapter staff only)
10:15 - 11:00 a.m.Primary Care Spend: A Chapter Focus
 Speakers: California AFP, Colorado AFP, and Oregon AFP
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.State Efforts to Reign in Drug Costs 
 Speaker: Jennifer Reck, Project Director, National Association of State Health Policy
 Resources: Drug Pricing and Transparency, NASHP’s Center for State Drug Pricing
12:00 - 1:30 p.mElection Update: What’s at Stake?
 Speakers: Mark Cribben, FamMedPAC Director, AAFP and Elizabeth Tseng, Associate Consultant, Fiscal Note
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.What’s Going on with Medicaid? Waivers, Parity, and Other Trends
 Speakers: Jack Rollins, Senior Policy Analyst, National Association of Medicaid Directors and Michael Pesko, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Georgia State University
 Resources: Medicaid Expansion, Medicaid-to-Medicare Parity Toolkit (chapter staff only), Medicaid Primary Care Payment ParitySection 1115 Demonstration Waivers
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.Medicaid: A Chapter Focus
 Speakers: Virginia AFP
3:15 - 3:45 p.m.State Strategies for Administrative Simplification
 Speakers: Emily Caroll, MA, JD, Senior Legislative Attorney, American Medical Association
 Resources: Prior Authorization
3:45 - 4:30 p.m.Administrative Simplification: A Chapter Focus
 Speakers: Ohio AFP and Pennsylvania AFP
Saturday, October 27 
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.Scope of Practice Legislative Landscape
 Speakers: TBA
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.Chapter Focus: Scope of Practice
 Speakers: Michigan AFP, Missouri AFP, and South Carolina AFP
 Resources: Education and Training Comparison, Naturopathic Providers, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants
9:15 - 9:45 a.m.Prescription Nation 2018: Facing America’s Opioid Epidemic
 Speaker: Tara Leystra Ackerman, MPH, State Government Affairs Manager, National Safety Council
 Resources: Medication Assisted Treatment, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
9:45 - 10:30 a.m.Prescription Drug Abuse: A Chapter Focus
 Speakers: Washington AFP
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.Rural Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities
 Speaker: Julie Wood, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President for Health of the Public and Interprofessional Activities, AAFP
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.Rural Health: A Chapter Focus
 Speakers: Georgia AFP and North Carolina AFP
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.AAFP Government Relations Update – Ways to Get Involved
 Speaker: Bob Hall, JD, MPAff, Director of Government Relations, AAFP
12:00 p.m.Wrap Up & Adjournment

Registration for SLC 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 State Legislative Conference.

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Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa
1200 N. Ocean Blvd
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Accommodations may be made online( or by contacting the hotel at (954) 782-0100 before September 26, 2018. Be sure to reference the AAFP State Legislative Conference to ensure booking at the conference rate. 

Reservations made after September 26, 2018 will be confirmed on a rate and space-available basis. Conference room block rates are not guaranteed for reservations made after this date, or for check-in/check-out dates that fall outside of conference dates.

All reservations subject to hotel rate rules and room and cancellation policies. Taxes not included in hotel room block nightly rate.

Cancellation Policy

Need to cancel your registration to State Legislative Conference? Read about our Cancellation and Refund policy here.



Shelby King
Manager, Center for State Policy