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Advocate for Ophthalmology: Represent ASCRS at the 2018 Alliance of Specialty Medicine Legislative Fly-In

Whether you’re an experienced advocate or just interested in learning more about the policymaking process, consider attending the 2018 Alliance of Specialty Medicine Legislative Fly-In, to be held in Washington, D.C., July 16–18.

As always, ASCRS and ASOA member attendees will receive in-depth training on policy issues important to ophthalmology and the specialty medicine community, and will have the opportunity to meet with their Representative and Senators to lobby for those legislative issues.

Because of its increased popularity and the rising costs associated with the Fly-In, we will reimburse up to a maximum of $1,000 in travel expenses. Additionally, we have limited space, so we are reserving the right to select participants in order to ensure maximum geographic representation at our Capitol Hill meetings.

The complete agenda is still being developed, but please find below a sample agenda (based on previous years) and expect to follow the same general format in 2018.

Monday, July 16

3–7 p.m. | Conference registration/check-in at Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel

7 p.m. | Mandatory dinner with ASCRS-ASOA leadership and attendees; overview of legislative issues

Tuesday, July 17

7:30 a.m. – Noon | Breakfast, review of issue briefs, and advocacy conference

Noon–1 p.m. | Lunch with multi-specialty state groups to prepare for your Capitol Hill meetings

1 :30–5:30 p.m. | Capitol Hill meetings scheduled for you and other Alliance members from your same state

5:30–6:30 p.m. | Fundraising reception (tentative)

7 p.m. | Informal dinner with ASCRS attendees

Wednesday, July 18

7–11 a.m. | Breakfast and advocacy conference

11 a.m. | Adjourn (tentative)

All attendees are asked to arrive in Washington by Monday afternoon and depart Wednesday afternoon following conclusion of the conference.

If you are interested in attending, please complete this brief form at your earliest convenience. We understand that you need advance notice to arrange your schedule. You will be notified ASAP when your participation is confirmed and provided with additional details to make your travel arrangements. Questions regarding the Fly-In may be directed to Tami O’Brien, manager of PAC and grassroots, at tobrien@ascrs.org.