Members of the NACDS Board of Directors engaged in two days of meetings this week on Capitol Hill with Senators and Representatives who are particularly influential on health policy issues.

NACDS welcomed members of the NACDS Board of Directors for a two-day Washington fly-in this week as an increasingly intense debate on healthcare continues to reverberate on the Hill and across the country. Board members embarked on a timely series of meetings with House and Senate leaders to discuss issues top-of-mind in Congress right now: affordable, accessible and quality healthcare for all Americans.

Board members discussed pharmacy legislative priorities directly with lawmakers, including provider status legislation; healthcare reform; transparency in Medicare Part D; TRICARE; solutions to the opioid epidemic; opposition to the Border Adjustment Tax; and regulatory reform.

Board members also got a chance to visit the headquarters of D.C.’s nonpartisan digital media and survey research company, Morning Consult, to get a hands-on tutorial in using opinion research data to advocate more effectively. NACDS recently launched videos on navigating the microsite, which has resources based on Morning Consult’s research, to create a district report filled with relevant information about congressional districts to quantitatively make a case to lawmakers—and to share on social media—about registered voters’ perceptions of pharmacy’s accessibility, innovation and trust.

To frame the significance of pharmacy’s contribution to healthcare delivery during the fly-in, NACDS launched an advertising initiative in Capitol Hill publications, The Hill, Politico, Morning Consult and Roll Call. The print and digital ads convey the timeliness and relevance of pharmacy’s Access Agenda—its importance to Americans and to elected officials alike as they search for opportunities to improve access to quality and affordable care. Politico Influence newsletter also reported on the fly-in.

NACDS Board members were able to tell pharmacy’s story to lawmakers in individualized settings at an incredibly pivotal time in the healthcare policymaking and political process.

View more photos from the event on 2017 NACDS’  Board of Directors Washington Fly-in Flickr album.