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ACI Alliance and Cochlear Implants on the Hill 2018
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ACI Alliance on the Hill
March 7, 2018

 

Our upcoming CI2018 Emerging Issues in Cochlear Implantation conference will be held at an ideal time for us to meet with Congressional Members and staff to familiarize them with the extraordinary benefits of cochlear implants as well as access concerns. We will once again organize ACI Alliance on the Hill on Wednesday, March 7—the day before the CI2018 Symposium opens. (CI company pre-conference sessions will also be held on March 7 in the afternoon; participants in the Congressional visits will be unable to attend the Wednesday company events.) Due to the logistics of organizing an event like this, member participation is limited to 100 people.

As in prior years, ACI Alliance will organize the day for our members. We will schedule meetings with Congressional offices, group participants with others from their state, conduct training (both via teleconference two weeks prior and on-site that morning), develop materials and messaging, and provide transportation from the conference hotel to Capitol Hill. This will allow our members to focus on what they know best: the benefits of cochlear implants and what we need to do to ensure full access to care. Our focus this year will be on insurance and the continued availability of Medicaid for the entire continuum of CI care. A secondary issue may be the rollout of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act.

The day will begin with a training lunch at 11AM at the conference hotel and end at approximately 4:30 PM. (The precise ending time will depend upon the assigned visits for each person.) 




ACI Alliance on the Hill participants, CI2015

If you are interested in participating, please complete the following application. Participants must be ACI Alliance members and US citizens. Space is limited and we need for those who express interest to follow through as promised.

1. I will arrive in Washington, DC in time to participate in the training lunch at 11AM at the conference hotel (Omni Shoreham).



2. I will fully participate in the Hill events on March 7 with assigned visits to Congressional offices.


3. I will participate in one of the telephone training conference call options approximately two weeks in advance of the Hill visits.



4. I will follow through with Congressional offices as requested by ACI Alliance.






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