2018 Policy Forum


The 2018 AOPA Policy Forum will be in March 7-8 in Washington, DC. The Policy Forum is your best opportunity to learn the latest legislative and regulatory details and how they will affect you, your business and your patients. Once you are armed with the facts, we as a profession will educate our members of Congress to offer common sense solutions and share how the O&P profession restores lives and puts people back to work.

On Wednesday, March 7, AOPA will provide attendees with up-to-date briefings about critical issues confronting the O&P community, and guidance on how to use this information effectively in lobbying members of Congress. The day will conclude with a reception and dinner.  The Policy Forum will culminate on Thursday, March 8th with your advocacy visits (scheduled by AOPA) with your elected representatives and their staffers on Capitol Hill.

Tentative Schedule:
Wednesday, March 7th
10:00 AM: Registration Open
11:00 AM: State Representatives Meeting
11:45 AM: O&P PAC Luncheon, Contribution Required
12:30 PM: Policy Forum General Session
5:15 PM: Adjourn
5:30 PM: O&P PAC Fundraiser Reception. Contribution Required
5:30 PM: Student Debriefing
6:30 PM: Reception & Dinner

Thursday, March 8th
7:45 AM: Attendee Breakfast and Review of Talking Points
8:30 AM: Presentation
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Congressional Visits, Capitol Office Buildings
Noon – 1:30 PM: Lunch on Your Own, Between Your Visits or Capitol Hill Club
3:15 – 4:30 PM: Reconvene for De-Briefing Session

Host Hotel: Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202. The hotel block will open soon.

Register now. Questions regarding registration, travel or the agenda should be directed to Ryan Gleeson at rgleeson@AOPAnet.org or (571) 431-0876. Questions regarding programming, congressional visits or key issues should be directed to Devon Bernard at dbernard@AOPAnet.org or (571) 431-0854.

Prepare yourself for the Policy Forum with this webinar presented by Ashlie White, MA.

What actually happens during a Congressional visit? Here is a video to get an idea of what to expect:

Read Highlights from the 2017 Policy Forum