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2019 Policy Summit & Hill Day

October 15, 2019 to October 16, 2019

Liaison Washington Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Featured Session

Final Play: A Visit from the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus Leadership

Wednesday, October 16, 11-11:30 am

One of the biggest draws of the ANCOR's annual Policy Summit & Hill Day is the opportunity to hear directly from influential staff and lobbyists on Capitol Hill, as well as your elected officials who create the legislation that impacts your work. The Summit is your opportunity to gather the information necessary to have productive dialogue and build a working relationship with your representatives — and when you attend, Congress listens!

Round out your national disability advocacy strategy with the inside scoop from the Co-Chairs of the U.S. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus. These leading Members of Congress will share the Caucus' goals for the year, their long-term vision for disability services, and how Republicans and Democrats plan to come together to achieve their common objectives.


The Honorable Jim Langevin [D-RI]  The Honorable Jim Langevin [D-RI], U.S. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus


 The Honorable Don Young [R-AK]The Honorable Don Young [R-AK], U.S. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus


Join us October 15 & 16 in Washington, DC and let's find out what we can accomplish together in 2019! And be sure to take advantage of early bird pricing by registering before August 31!

Gamechangers: ANCOR’s 2019 Policy Summit & Hill Day

Navigating the federal policy landscape surrounding the supports and services you deliver to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) can feel like a challenging game of politics and policy.

If it feels like the rules of the game are changing right before your eyes, you’re not wrong! With changes in rules and regulations, policies and personnel at every turn, it’s more important than ever that you can adapt to a rapidly changing set of rules to stay in the game.

Luckily, ANCOR has your playbook for changing the game in favor of providers and the individuals we support. Join us October 15-16 for our annual Policy Summit in Washington, DC! Just steps away from Capitol Hill, the Policy Summit is your opportunity to engage with federal leaders from Congress and the Trump Administration, as well as other national experts, to share insights and hear the latest about how to up your game and deliver the best outcomes for the people you serve.

With the 2020 elections just around the corner and new laws adding to the complexity of service delivery, ANCOR’s Policy Summit is your playbook for not only playing the game, but changing the game!

Special thank you to the sponsors of the 2019 Policy Summit & Hill Day

Centene CorporationDirect Care Innovations






NEW! Unlock Our Best-Available Rates by Registering by August 31:

  • ANCOR member: $475
  • Non-member: $625

Standard Rates (on or after September 1):

  • ANCOR member: $550
  • Non-member: $685
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Cancellations are subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after September 30, 2019. There is no charge for substitutions.


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Liaison Washington Capitol HillHotel Information

Liaison Washington Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001 

Location, location, location! Once again, ANCOR is gathering in the heart of Capitol Hill, with easy access to the Capitol and your elected officials. Our venue is the perfect location for this year's Summit; the Liaison offers modern décor, a playful DC-inspired art collection, contemporary comfort and an award-winning restaurant.

ANCOR has a block of rooms at a discounted rate is $289 per room per night plus tax for single or double occupancy. To take advantage of this deeply discounted rate, call 888.214.7555 and mention ANCOR's 2019 Policy Summit & Hill Day or book online by clicking here.

Note: If you have questions or issues booking, contact Jerri McCandless at jmccandless@ancor.org or 703.535.7850, ext. 107.

Travel Information

Getting to Washington, DC

The closest airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which we recommend flying into since it’s only five miles from the Summit venue and easily accessible by taxi, rideshare service (e.g., Lyft or Uber) or public transit (i.e., Metrorail Yellow or Blue lines).

Other area airports include Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), which is about 30 miles from the Summit venue, and Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI), which is about 35 miles from the Summit venue.

For those located in East Coast cities served by Amtrak, you may find traveling by train to be the most efficient and affordable option. Amtrak serves Washington’s Union Station, which is approximately a ten-minute walk from the Summit venue. See walking directions from Union Station below.

Getting Around Washington, DC

If you fly into Washington National Airport, a taxi to the Liaison Washington Capitol Hill costs approximately $25. Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are also available, and the cost of these options depends on level of service and time of day.

Super Shuttle is also an option for participants coming from any of the area airports. Super Shuttle offers a shared ride, during which you might make multiple stops. Super Shuttle service from Washington National Airport (DCA) costs about $19 each way. To book, find a Super Shuttle representative located near airport baggage claim, or download the Super Shuttle Mobile App.

Metrorail, the D.C. area’s subway system, is a convenient option for travelers flying into Washington National Airport. From the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station, take the Blue Line heading in the direction of Largo Town Center and transfer to the Red Line at Metro Center Station. Alternatively, you can also take the Yellow Line train in the direction of Mt. Vernon Square / 7th Street / Convention Center and transfer to the Red Line at Gallery Place/Chinatown Station. Take the Red Line heading in the direction of Glenmont or Silver Spring and get off at Union Station. From there, the Summit venue is less than a 10 minute walk away.

As any Washingtonian will tell you, you should check Metro’s operating status before deciding to use this option. The system tends to be efficient and reliable, but track work or other delays can make for a long trip.

Walking Directions from Union Station

From the front entrance of Union Station, E Street NE will be across Columbus Circle and to your right. Cross over Columbus Circle onto E Street. Walk two blocks, and turn left on New Jersey Avenue; the Liaison will be on your left. This will be approximately a ten-minute walk.


Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:30am – 8:30am

Gamechangers Welcome Plenary: The Current State of Play in the Trump Administration
8:30am – 10:00am

ANCOR leadership and key partners set the stage and kick-off the Summit with remarks from lead officials making decisions about Medicaid services for our nation. Top-ranking officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will discuss top priorities in the Trump Administration, along with what providers can expect as they draft their playbook for keeping up in a constantly evolving game.

Power Play: The Influencers from Capitol Hill
10:00am – 11:00am

Inform your strategy on Medicaid, workforce and disability policy with this panel discussion by staffers from key congressional offices and congressional committees that are leading the charge on disability-related issues on Capitol Hill. Panelists will discuss likely wins for the I/DD space, priorities for the remainder of the 116th Congress, opportunities for collaboration, and their perspectives on pressing issues facing disability providers.

Avoid the Sack! Providers Getting Ahead of Integrated Care
11:00am – 11:45am

I/DD service providers need to know the rules and effective strategies to compete as states implement various integrated care and alternate payment models across the country. One critical provider strategy is to hone business acumen to successfully navigate the emerging landscape. This session will include participants of a three-year project to enhance the business acumen of provider agencies across the country. Speakers will help participants adapt by sharing lessons learned, identifying capacity-building opportunities, and offering recommendations to ensure future success.

11:45am – 12:00pm

Lunch Plenary: Honoring the Gamechangers
12:00pm – 1:00pm

During lunch, we will honor some leading players in the disability supports field, including this year’s recipients of ANCOR’s Congressional Champion Award and recipients of the Suellen Galbraith Policy Awards.

1:00pm – 1:15pm

The Next Frontier: Changing the Rules of Medicaid (Keynote)
1:15pm – 2:00pm

When it comes to Congressional staffers, Josh Trent is one of the most recognizable names that has served on Capitol Hill. While Chief Health Counsel for Chairman Greg Walden of the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives, Trent focused on Medicaid policies including per capita cap model changes and the electronic visit verification legislation of the 21st Century Cures Act.  Trent also spent nearly five years as a health care policy advisory for U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and served in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel under the Bush Administration. Now as a principal with major healthcare lobbying firm, Leavitt Partners, Trent is looking at new ways to think about federal policy in the private sector, how to rethink the programs of today and what opportunities exist in the modernization of the Medicaid field.

ANCOR Town Hall: What's YOUR Team Strategy?
2:00pm – 3:00pm

The key to success is teamwork, and one of the best aspects of being a part of ANCOR is the fellowship of disability service providers. Strengthen your advocacy strategy with insight and lessons learned from colleagues from your state and region who share your top priorities.

Dessert with Sponsor
3:00pm – 3:30pm

Breakout Sessions
3:30pm – 4:30pm

  • Pass Protection: IDD Providers Offensive Strategy for Elections 2020  With 2020 General Elections campaigning in full swing, providers must play a critical role in ensuring the candidates are well-informed about I/DD services to protect these critical supports. Join this panel as they discuss strategies on how to level the playing field and ensure voices from the disability community, its workforce, and its allies, are prominent in the election discussions.
  • Game of Phones: Technology is Coming (to HCBS)  Compliance with Electronic Visit Verification — one of the biggest changes in disability service provision since the 2014 HCBS Settings Rule — is set to begin January 2020. Join a diverse group of stakeholders as they share challenges, insights, and opportunities as this requirement goes into effect nationwide.

4:30pm – 4:45pm

Level Up! Take Direct Services to the Next Level with the ABLE Act
4:45pm – 5:45pm

One of the most significant barriers for people with disabilities to live independently are asset tests, which limit the amount a person can save before becoming ineligible for federal programs such as Medicaid. The introduction of ABLE Accounts in 2014 was a game-changer, but to date, only a limited amount of ABLE Accounts have been opened. During this session, experts will discuss opportunities that provider organizations haven’t yet fully leveraged to meet funding needs for respite, employment, and other support services of the people they support. Participants will walk away from this session with an understanding of the latest rules, as well as strategies for helping people with disabilities maximize this new resource.


  • Bette Ann Mobley, National Association of State Treasurers
  • Michael Morris, National Disability Institute

ANCOR Disability Champions PAC Event
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Contact Doris Parfaite-Claude (dparfaite-claude@ancor.org) for more information.


Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 9:00am

Hill Day Pregame & Final Details
9:00am – 9:30am

During this Hill Visit prep session, ANCOR’s lobbyists and members of ANCOR’s Government Relations team will walk you through everything you need to know to make your Hill Visits successful. Participants will walk away with a clear sense of what to expect in conversations with elected officials, how to conduct the afternoon’s Hill Visits and how to “make the ask” for sensible public policies that move the ball down the field for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


  • Al Guida, Guide Consulting
  • Sarah Corcoran, Guide Consulting
  • Esmé Grewal, ANCOR
  • Sarah Meek, ANCOR
  • Doris Parfaite-Claude, ANCOR

Elevate Your Game: Make Your Issue Matter
9:30am – 10:45am

The precedent set in the 1985 Supreme Court decision in the City of Cleburne, Texas v. Cleburne Living Center, Inc. case was a gamechanger at a time when group homes was a radical new idea in service provision for people with disabilities.  In this session, providers and experts will share insights about how strategies used in this landmark case can be applied to battle opposition and discrimination as our I/DD community forges ahead with innovative approaches to demand more inclusive communities for people of all abilities.


  • Michael Allen, Relman Dane & Colfax
  • Angela King, Volunteers of America Texas

Final Play: A Visit from the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus Leadership
11:00am – 11:30am

Round out your national disability advocacy strategy with the inside scoop from the Co-Chairs of the U.S. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus. These leading Members of Congress will share the Caucus’ goals for the year, their long-term vision for disability services, and how Republicans and Democrats plan to come together to achieve their common objectives.


  • The Honorable Jim Langevin (D-RI), U.S. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus
  • The Honorable Don Young (R-AK), U.S. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus

Capitol Hill Visits
12:00pm – 5:00pm