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2022 AADA Legislative Conference

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2022 AADA Legislative Conference Recap

The AADA held its 2022 Legislative Conference Sept. 18-20 in Washington, D.C. with 186 dermatologists, residents, patient advocates, practice administrators, and physician society leaders in attendance. This year’s Conference marked the first in-person AADA Legislative Conference since 2019.

On Sept. 18 and 19, attendees heard from speakers who provided an insider’s view of Congress and the upcoming elections, as well from panels of experts, led by AADA leaders, that dug deeper into important AADA advocacy policy priorities.

On Sept. 20, attendees headed to Capitol Hill to advocate for the specialty including topics such as Medicare physician payment, prior authorization reform, and step therapy.

Here are a few highlights from this year’s Conference:

  • Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia were represented at the conference by 186 attendees.

  • On Sept. 20, attendees traveled to Capitol Hill, meeting with 151 House of Representatives offices and 76 Senate offices.

  • Of the 227 congressional meetings, 42 were member-level meetings that included either the Senator or Representative.

  • Attendees enthusiastically reported back after their meetings about the receptiveness of Members of Congress and their staff to our asks. These include stopping pending Medicare payment cuts to physicians, improving the prior authorization process, and reforming step therapy protocols.

About the Conference

What you learn

Legislative Conference participants will learn how to turn the experiences of their practices and patients into tangible public policy advancement and relationship building with the members of U.S. Congress.

No experience? No problem!

Attendees do not need to be experts on health policy, the legislative process, or the members of Congress themselves. Participants are coming to Washington, D.C., as experts in dermatology and patient care. At the conference, AADA leaders will be on-hand to mentor your advocacy. In addition, prior to the conference we provide briefings and materials on legislation and training to successfully advocate for the specialty.

Conference resources

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Conference program and agenda

Learn more about the AADA Legislative Conference and what participants can expect.

What we're asking

Explore the issues we’ll discuss with members of Congress.

Guest speakers

Washington D.C. insiders will outline the current political landscape and share expertise on how to get your message heard on the Hill.

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Capitol Hill meetings

The AADA schedules all Capitol Hill meetings for attendees. Before meeting with your members of Congress, the AADA will provide you with specific information about legislative priorities, talking points, and other resources.

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Travel, hotel, and meals

Learn more about travel arrangements and hotel reservations for the AADA Legislative Conference.


Find answers to frequently asked questions about the conference.

Resident Scholarship to Legislative Conference

The AADA awards several scholarships to residents who commit to year-long involvement in AADA grassroots advocacy. Following the Legislative Conference, AADA staff will follow up with award-winners to discuss a checklist of grassroots activities.

Learn more and apply!

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