Congressional Visits

All LAC22 in-person meeting registrants will be provided the opportunity to visit with their Members of Congress and staff on Capitol Hill. These visits are a critical component of the ACEP Leadership & Advocacy Conference and include educating Congressional offices on emergency medicine issues, seeking support for specific bills or legislative initiatives, and showing appreciation for past support.


PLEASE NOTE: ACEP continues to monitor the re-opening of the Capitol complex including congressional office buildings. Security concerns persist although the House recently dropped its mask mandate after two years, lowering the public health risk. Citizen advocates and interest groups have technically been able to return to the Capitol complex since last year through pre-scheduled appointments and escorts to Hill offices. We are encouraged to see that more and more Hill offices are now open and scheduling in person meetings so we anticipate that registrants attending LAC22 should have in person visits with a few exceptions.

**Due to our efforts to secure in person meetings, the Hill Visits will unfortunately not be available this year for virtual attendees to LAC22.**

Some LAC attendees will have a combination of in-person and virtual meetings with legislators and/or staff. In the case of any virtual meetings that appear on your schedule, ACEP is providing a hospitality suite conveniently located on Capitol Hill where you can conduct your meeting. Soapbox will create a schedule for each in person registrant that will provide adequate time to access all your meetings. A preliminary schedule will be provided to you electronically on Wednesday, April 27 prior to your travel to LAC22 and may be subject to last minute changes.

This year, members of the House of Representatives themselves will not be available for in person meetings since May 3 is a district work period. In those cases, you will be meeting with key members of their staff (who as past LAC participants know, can often be even more knowledgeable than the members of Congress on our issues). The Senate though is in session on May 3, so those meetings will bring opportunities to meet with senators directly, as available.

ACEP works closely with Soapbox Consulting, LLC who will be scheduling visits for all in person registrants. You will not need to contact your legislators’ Capitol Hill offices directly regarding your appointments.

Here is What to Expect

Soapbox Consulting will form teams of advocates and you likely will be participating in the visits with others from your state, many of whom have worked with your legislators and their staff over the years. ACEP DC staff and Chapter leaders will help organize the teams and detailed briefings prior to the Hill Visits will provide updates on ACEP’s current policy agenda and the primary messages to relay on Capitol Hill for a consistent, coordinated effort. Hospitality Suites will be located on both the Senate and House sides of Capitol Hill to take a break without leaving the Hill and for any virtual meetings on your schedule.

Hill Visit Mobile Tool

Attendees will also have access to the most up-to-date meeting information through the Soapbox Advocacy Day mobile tool, which will be available only during LAC. The tool has iPhone, iPad, Android, and mobile browser capabilities and will provide:

  • Real-time Capitol Hill schedules and updates
  • Links to Wikipedia Member bios
  • Automatic meeting feedback forms
  • One-touch Live Soapbox Help Desk
  • Simple Capitol Hill map

If you have questions or concerns about the Capitol Hill Visits during LAC22, please contact Jeanne Slade at jslade@acep.org.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to our plan if circumstances change.