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ADVOCACY SPOTLIGHT


Join Your Peers at ASCA’s State Leaders Conference Hear from experts on developing association membership, governance and effective advocacy at the state level BY ALI LEGROS-MURPHY


Each year, ASCA’s State Affairs Committee hosts a State Leaders Confer- ence. With growing par- ticipation, the conference


has become the signature event for networking and learning about state ASC advocacy. This year’s State Leaders Confer- ence, a free event, will be held May 15, 2019, from noon to 4:00 pm ET in conjunction with the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. State association lead- ers, board members and members are encouraged to attend. Partici- pants will network with their peers in other states to share best prac- tices on membership recruitment, marketing, advocacy and strategic planning. Attendees will hear from experts on developing and main- taining association membership, governance and ways to advocate for ASCs more effectively at their state capitols. Currently, ASCA is working with


state ASC associations in 46 states to monitor legislation on more than 15 different issues. We have seen a sharp uptick in legislation aimed at ASCs, most notably in states like Colorado, Oregon and Nebraska. We are seeing states tackle surgi- cal technologist licensing, surgical smoke building regulations, pro- vider taxes, Medicaid expansion and other issues. The fallout from the 2018 elec-


tions have left states with 20 new governors, eight governorship party changes, four House majority changes, and three Senate majority


24 ASC FOCUS APRIL 2019 | ascfocus.org


Andrea Hyatt, president of Maryland Ambulatory Surgery Association, listens to a speaker at the 2018 State Leaders Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.


REGISTER FOR ASCA’S STATE LEADERS CONFERENCE


Join ASCA’s State Affairs Committee on Wednesday, May 15, from 12:00–4:00 pm at the 2019 State Leaders Conference. This free event is taking place at the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.


ascassociation.org/ ascastateleadersconference


flips. At least one-fifth of the nation’s 6,073 state legislators are first-term lawmakers, according to CQ Roll Call’s post-election recap. With a divided Congress, states are looking to pick up the slack.


According to a November 26, 2018, article in CQ Roll Call, “17 Issues Facing State Legislatures in 2019,” “At


the state level, expanding, adjusting, and capping Medicaid financing will remain a 2019 issue of legislative emphasis, regardless of party configuration, although the proposed solutions could change in some chambers after November’s elections. “Among concerns will be Trump Administration rules shortening enrollment periods for federally run exchanges, significantly cutting funds for enrollment assistance/out- reach, ending cost-sharing subsidies to insurance companies, and rolling back requirements for employers to include birth control coverage in health insurance plans.”


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