AGA Advocacy Day

Advocacy is a critical component of protecting our profession and patients’ access to care. Thanks to our advocates’ efforts, AGA has obtained substantial wins for our members this Congress, including: 

  • Secured coverage of the CRC screening continuum. 
  • Expanded telehealth services. 
  • Prevented Medicare payment cuts.  
  • Eliminated colonoscopy cost-sharing. 
  • Secured language directing NIH to study CRC health disparities. 
  • Increased federal funding for GI research. 

Come together to advocate for your profession and patients at AGA Virtual Advocacy Day on Sept. 22, 2022. This is your opportunity to connect with your federal lawmakers and their staff to ensure our voice is heard on Capitol Hill. GIs must have a seat at the table and engage with lawmakers, especially now when Congress and the Administration are debating several policies that will significantly impact the future of GI patient care. AGA Advocacy Day is held shortly before the end of the fiscal year – prime time to educate key policymakers and their staff about your everyday challenges and advocate for AGA’s priorities:

  • Prior authorization reform
  • Step therapy reform
  • Stable and fair Medicare reimbursement
  • Sustainable federal research funding for GI diseases and cancers

We need all AGA members to raise their voices to make the most impact! Registration is free and includes advocacy training (see schedule below) – first-time participants and veteran advocates are all welcome.

Register here for AGA’s 2022 Advocacy Day on Sept. 22, 2022.  

AGA Virtual Advocacy Day September 2022

Why attend the event?

Lawmakers need to know how their constituents are being impacted. By meeting with them and their staff you’re humanizing the legislation we are advocating for and illustrating how AGA and its members can serve as an important resource when health care policies are being discussed.

Members with all levels of advocacy experience are encouraged to participate. We make it easy by coordinating your congressional meetings,  providing policy one-pagers to share and offering training to help you tell your stories and you won’t be there alone! AGA leadership and staff will join your meetings to help guide the conversations and provide support.

Join us for this day of empowerment and leave with the tools you need to advocate on behalf of GI year-round.

Schedule of events

Policy overview webinar
8-9:15 p.m. EDT

  • AGA policy priorities overview
  • Congressional update
  • Effective Hill meetings training
  • Congressional meeting logistics

Monday, Sept. 19

Group training session

Time TBD: Scheduled by group leader

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Hill Day
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT

Thursday, Sept. 22

Additionally, we encourage you to brush up on your advocacy skills by exploring AGA’s education module on AGA University. Learn about how we engage with Capitol Hill and federal agencies, explore AGA town halls and read tips for effective policy communications and establishing a constituent relationship.

Past Advocacy Days