2022 Policy Summit & Hill Day

Anchored by our commitment to advocating on behalf of the community providers who make magic happen each and every day, the 2022 Policy Summit & Hill Day will bring together 200 national leaders to learn about and advocate for what’s new, now and next for community disability services.

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ANCOR’s 2022 Policy Summit & Hill Day invites members and friends of the ANCOR community to Washington at a compelling time. Policy considerations regarding community-based I/DD services continue to be influenced by the lingering COVID-19 pandemic and an array of discussions about the long-term sustainability of our services. Meanwhile, political winds could be on the precipice of change; the Summit will take place just four weeks before the 2022 midterm elections, which many are speculating could see Democrats lose their razor-thin margins in both chambers of Congress.

Each year, the Policy Summit agenda is informed by the hottest issues and the most pressing political dynamics at play. While these factors may change from year to year, one thing remains constant: ANCOR’s commitment to advocating for you.

Anchored by our commitment to advocating on behalf of the community providers who make magic happen each and every day, the 2022 Policy Summit & Hill Day will bring together 200 national leaders to learn about and advocate for what’s new, now and next for community disability services.

Special thanks to our Summit Sponsors

Special thank you to our Summit sponsors: Elevance Health, Foothold Technology, Sandata Technologies, Therap Services

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to Keynote 2022 Policy Summit

Headshot of Chiquita Brooks-LaSureWe are delighted to announce the addition Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as a keynote speaker at ANCOR’s 2022 Policy Summit & Hill Day! Brooks-LaSure joins Amy Walter, publisher of the Cook Political Report, as part of this year’s all-star lineup of speakers for the fall event.

Each year, ANCOR’s Policy Summit & Hill Day invites members and friends of the ANCOR community to Washington for an array of discussions about public policy initiatives, the long-term sustainability of our services and face-to-face advocacy opportunities with members of Congress.

That’s why we’re excited for Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to join us in Washington, DC! Brooks-LaSure oversees programs including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the HealthCare.gov health insurance marketplace.  As a former policy official who played a key role in guiding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through passage and implementation, Brooks-LaSure has decades of experience in the federal government, on Capitol Hill, and in the private sector.


Amy Walter, Award-Winning Political Analyst, to Keynote 2022 Policy Summit

Headshot of Amy WalterANCOR is proud to announce Amy Walter will be the Summit’s keynote speaker. For more than 25 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the non-partisan Cook Political Report with Amy Walter.

This agenda is tentative and subject to change.

Tuesday, October 11

8-9 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9-10:30 am

Summit Kickoff & Opening Address with CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure

The 2022 Policy Summit & Hill Visit marks ANCOR’s first in-person fall policy gathering since 2019. To kickstart the celebration, we’ll take stock of where our advocacy has taken us over the past year and lay forth the key issues animating our advocacy—the same issues that will guide the agenda for this year’s Summit.

Afterwards, we’ll have the privilege of hearing from Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Administrator Brooks-LaSure has charged her agency with building health equity, data collection and innovating into the core of CMS’ work. During her address, Brooks-LaSure will identify how CMS is responding to inequities in social determinants of health, barriers to coverage and access to care. She will also walk Summit participants through CMS’ health equity goals, including her agency’s efforts to improve data collection and analysis of disparities in coverage and care to support innovation.


  • Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Shannon McCracken, ANCOR
  • Barbara Merrill, ANCOR
  • Josh Rael, Alliance
10:30-10:45 am


10:45-11:45 am

The State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis Now + The Solutions that Come Next

Following the chilling findings of ANCOR’s 2021 State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis Survey, ANCOR issued the 2022 edition of the survey in the late summer to analyze the impact of the workforce crisis on access to quality services for people with I/DD. The results of our latest research reveal that the crisis has only worsened over the last year, with staggering implications for the current and continued availability of community-based supports. In this interactive session, panelists will share key findings from the hot-off-the-presses report. Then, participants will work in small groups to share stories and strategies that leverage the treasure trove of data to advocate at all levels of government for innovative solutions that stem the tide of growing workforce instability.


  • Lydia Dawson, ANCOR
  • Yadira Holmes, Consumer Direct Care Network
  • Lori Kress, Dungarvin
11:45 am–1 pm

Lunch & Presentation of the 2022 Excellence in Public Policy Awards

One of the things we hear most often in the feedback we receive from participants at ANCOR events is that they love the programming, but they want more time to network. Ask and you shall receive! We’ll start our lunch break together with unstructured time for networking, giving you the opportunity to network with friends and colleagues old and new.

But, because the Policy Summit would not be complete without recognition of outstanding leaders and congressional champions who pave the way for meaningful public policy solutions, we’ll use part of this hosted lunch to honor the inspiring recipients of ANCOR’s 2022 Congressional Champion Awards, as well as the recipients of the 2022 Excellence in Public Policy Awards, including the Suellen Galbraith Award, the Bonnie-Jean Brooks Rising Star Award and the Diane McComb State Association Star Award.


  • Shannon McCracken, ANCOR
  • Barbara Merrill, ANCOR
1-1:30 pm


1:30-2:30 pm

Emerging Data on the Direct Support Workforce

With the workforce crisis threatening access to services, tracking and monitoring workforce data is critical to assessing the availability of community-based supports and services for people with I/DD. From rate-setting to health inequities and more, emerging trends in the workforce data can illuminate barriers to support in the community-based services infrastructure. In this roundtable discussion, ANCOR will convene our partners to discuss the newest available data demonstrating the scope of the challenges facing the direct support workforce.


  • Lydia Dawson, ANCOR
  • Kayla Holgash, McDermott+Consulting
  • Joe Macbeth, National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals
  • Kezia Scales, PHI
2:30-3:20 pm

Short on Staffing but Committed to Compliance: An Update on the HCBS Settings Rule

The March 2023 compliance deadline for the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule is fast approaching. With the direct care workforce crisis threatening the ability of providers to comply with the Rule’s provisions, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a strategy for implementation that allows states to request corrective action plans and, in turn, additional time to comply with its provisions. With this strategy in place, members and friends of the ANCOR community will be joined by officials from CMS and the Administration for Community Living to learn more about the latest regarding implementation of the Settings Rule and expectations for states and providers moving forward.


  • Alison Barkoff, Administration for Community Living
  • Melissa Harris, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
3:30-4:20 pm


Everything You Wanted to Know about PACs But Were Afraid to Ask

In this informational session, you’ll learn how Political Action Committees, or PACs, play an important role in advocacy. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the ANCOR Disability Champions Political Action Committee (ANCOR DC PAC) and how it is a vital tool in ANCOR’s advocacy toolkit. This session is open to everyone, including those who have already joined the PAC and members who are curious to learn more.


  • Elise Aguilar, ANCOR
  • Lydia Dawson, ANCOR
  • Micaela Isler, National Association of Business Political Action Committees

Advocacy 101: An Introduction or Refresher for How and Why to Lend Your Voice

Among the many reasons ANCOR members cite for renewing their membership each year, chief among them is the opportunity to shape and participate in advocacy. But as a member or friend of the association, how do you get involved in advocacy? And why does participating in advocacy matter? In this session, members of ANCOR’s Government Relations team will help you glean an in-depth understanding of how and why to advocate on Capitol Hill. Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or just getting your feet wet, this session will put you on track to ensure the voice of providers is heard by our federal lawmakers.


  • Sarah Corcoran, Guide Consulting
  • Shannon McCracken, ANCOR
4:30-5:30 pm

Networking Reception

5:30-6:30 pm


To receive information about this event, you must opt into communications from the ANCOR DC PAC. Opt in by completing this form or email Elise Aguilar for more information.

Wednesday, October 12

7:30-8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am-5 pm

Capitol Hill Visits

Participants’ Hill Visit times will vary. Consult your schedule to determine when your meetings will take place.

8:30-9:30 am

Morning Keynote: The 2022 Midterms & Changing Political Winds in Washington with Amy Walter

As we head into the 2022 midterm elections, having an understanding of the political forecast and how things might change in our nation’s capital come January is more important than ever. As National Editor for The Cook Political Report, Amy Walter provides trusted weekly analysis of the political landscape that shapes hot issues and trends nationally. Her engaging and astute analyses are renowned for being ahead of the curve with an accurate pulse on what’s to come. In this session, participants in the 2022 Policy Summit will have the privilege of hearing Amy’s insights on what’s new, now and next.


  • Amy Walter, The Cook Political Report
9:30-10:30 am

Charting the Course for 21st-Century Disability Policy Priorities

The U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce is at the center of funding and policymaking for the federal Medicaid program. In this one-on-one conversation, Al Guida, contract lobbyist for ANCOR, will sit down with Seth Gold, staff for Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the ranking member of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce. Al and Seth will discuss the future of Medicaid and how to strengthen the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services. Participants will glean insights from what Seth sees as the biggest barriers facing I/DD services and what Congress can do to ensure that home- and community-based services remain accessible.


  • Seth Gold, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce
  • Al Guida, Guide Consulting
  • Rodney Whitlock, McDermott+ Consulting
10:30-11 am

Gearing Up: Everything You Need to Prepare for Successful Advocacy Visits on Capitol Hill

What should you expect when you meet with your members of Congress and their staff this afternoon? What should you talk about? How should you frame it? What might they ask you about? In this session, ANCOR’s Government Relations team will answer these questions and more to ensure you have everything you need to participate in effective advocacy visits on the Hill.


  • Elise Aguilar, ANCOR
  • Lydia Dawson, ANCOR
  • Shannon McCracken, ANCOR

Registration for the 2022 ANCOR Policy Summit & Hill Day is now open! While most people will participate in the face-to-face event, there is a virtual option for participants who choose to engage that way.

The Face-to-Face Experience

Registering for the face-to-face event unlocks full access to all sessions, including their expert political analysis and subject-matter expertise. You will also have access to dedicated assistance for scheduling one-on-one meetings with members of Congress and their staff. Additionally, you’ll have access to a range of networking opportunities, including continental breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday, a hosted lunch on Tuesday and a reception on Tuesday evening. Full details about the Summit schedule and sessions will be added in the coming weeks.

The Virtual Experience

The virtual experience unlocks access to all the same programming as the face-to-face experience, with one exception: whereas onsite participants will choose one of two breakout sessions to attend on Tuesday afternoon, virtual participants will only have access to the breakout session that takes place in the general session room (session details TBD). The other key difference between the virtual and face-to-face experiences is that although virtual participants will have dedicated opportunities to network, those experiences simply cannot fully replicate what happens when we’re all gathered together in our nation’s capital. For that reason, we encourage everyone who is able to attend the face-to-face event in Washington, DC.

Registration Pricing

NOTE: Registration pricing is the same regardless of whether you choose the face-to-face or virtual experience. You will be asked during the registration process whether you plan to participate face-to-face or virtually.

On or before August 12:

ANCOR members: $499 | Non-members: $649**

On or after August 13:

ANCOR members: $599 | Non-members: $749**

**Not a member but interested in joining the ANCOR community? Contact Lauren Middleberg by email.

Register Yourself | Register Others


We’re here to help! Reach out by email or call 703.535.7850.

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol HillHotel Information

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Location, location, location! ANCOR is back in the heart of Capitol Hill for this year’s Policy Summit & Hill Day. The venue for this year’s Summit is the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, which is only a few blocks away from the Capitol and the offices of your elected officials.

ANCOR has secured a discounted room rate for participants in the 2022 Policy Summit of $285/night plus applicable taxes and fees for single- and double-occupancy rates.

The deadline to take advantage of this rate is September 16, 2022, but please note that the block tends to full up well in advance of the reservation deadline, and hotel rooms elsewhere tend to be expensive in DC in early October.

To make your hotel reservations, please visit our dedicated hotel block webpage or call 888.421.1442. If you call, please indicate that you are participating in the 2022 Policy Summit and ask for the ANCOR rate. Contact Sasha Sencer ([email protected] or 919.270.0773) if you need assistance.

Getting to Washington, DC

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

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 a seven-minute walk from the Summit venue.

Getting Around Washington, DC

If you fly into Washington National Airport, taxis are available, as are rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. The cost of these options depends on level of service and time of day.

Metrorail, the D.C. area’s subway system, is also a convenient option for travelers flying into Washington National Airport. From the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station, take the Blue Line in the direction of Largo Town Center and transfer to the Red Line at Metro Center Station, or take the Yellow Line 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 in the Direction of Glenmont or Silver Spring and get off at Union Station. From there, the Summit venue is a 0.4-mile walk along E Street NW.

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 weekend track work or other delays can make for a long trip.

ANCOR remains committed to the health and safety of its members, friends and everyone who chooses to participate in our events.

To ensure the health and safety of all of our guests, we will be implementing the following precautions during the face-to-face experience for the 2022 Policy Summit & Hill Day. By registering to participate in the face-to-face experience, you acknowledge and agree to abide by these protocols.

Vaccination Requirements: All participants who enter the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill to participate in the 2022 Policy Summit & Hill Day will be required to be able to show proof that either (a) they are fully vaccinated according to the prevailing CDC guideline for full vaccination at the time of the Summit, or (b) they have been tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to their arrival at the Summit and the test result was negative.

To demonstrate proof of vaccination or a negative test, all onsite participants must complete a health screening form prior to arriving at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The health screening form will be sent to registrants via email two weeks prior to the Summit.

Face Coverings: All participants will be required to follow the regulations and guidelines regarding masks or other face coverings imposed by the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, the government of the District of Columbia or the U.S. federal government.

Symptom Monitoring: We ask that participants elect not to participate in the face-to-face Summit experience if they are experiencing any illness or symptoms of suspected illness, or if they have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past five days. In this instance, exposure is defined as having been within six feet of a COVID-19-positive individual for at least 15 minutes within a 24-hour period.

Virtual Summit Experience: The hybrid format of the 2022 Policy Summit & Hill Day has been designed precisely to ensure that everyone can participate, even if they are unwilling to get vaccinated or furnish the results of a negative test, or if they believe they may be sick or may have been in close contact with someone who is sick. Therefore, we ask anyone who is unable or unwilling to adhere to the protocols described above to participate in the 2022 Policy Summit & Hill Day virtually.

Liability Waiver: By registering to attend the 2022 Policy Summit & Hill Day in its face-to-face format, you acknowledge that:

  1. You have read and agree to abide by the protocols described on this webpage, as well as all other ANCOR health and safety policies protocols pertaining to or distinct from those outlined herein.
  2. You understand that ANCOR reserves the right to cancel, alter or reschedule the 2022 Policy Summit & Hill Day for any reason, including because ANCOR determines in its sole discretion that the Summit cannot be held as planned. For these reasons, registrants are advised against making non-refundable travel arrangements. Should you purchase non-refundable airline tickets or make non-refundable hotel reservations, you do so at your own risk.
  3. You assume all risks associated with, resulting from or arising in connection with, attendance at and/or participation, in any capacity, in the Summit or any Summit-related activities, including, without limitation, all risks of theft, loss, harm, damage, illness or sickness (including those caused by known or unknown infectious or communicable disease such as COVID-19, H1N1, or other illness or sickness caused by bacteria, fungi, microorganisms or viruses), or injury to the person (including death) or property damage, whether caused by negligence, intentional act, accident, act of God, or otherwise, and whether occurring before, during or after the Summit. You further agree that neither ANCOR nor its agents, officers, directors, members, contractors or employees shall be liable for illness, sickness or injuries to the person (including death) or loss or damage to property resulting from, occurring at or arising out of the Summit or Summit-related activities, including but not limited to any education sessions presented in connection with the Summit, or for any indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive or exemplary damages. You further release and discharge such persons and entities from, and covenant not to sue such persons and entities with respect to, any and all risks, injuries, losses, damages and liabilities described herein.
  4. You agree that the maximum liability of ANCOR to you arising from your registration, participation, and attendance at the Summit shall be the return of your fees paid to ANCOR.


If you have any questions about these protocols or the steps ANCOR is taking to ensure your health and safety, please contact [email protected].

This year, we are excited that we will be working with Advocacy Associates to schedule meetings with Hill offices. This means that attendees of the Hill Day will not have to schedule their own meetings, email Hill offices, or coordinate members from the same state. Advocacy Associates will be doing all of the logistical work for us. They will provide all the information attendees need for Hill Day through their app.

Stay tuned for more information about Hill meetings and downloading the app. We will host a webinar to walk through the app during the week of October 3.

**If you need to make any changes to your address or flag any specific requests for us, please fill out this form: Information Update Form. If we don’t hear from you, we will default to using the address we have on file that you used to register for the policy summit as the basis for requesting Hill meetings.


Registrations canceled on or before September 16, 2022, will be fully refunded, less a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued on or after September 17, 2022.


All registrants are entitled to one no-cost substitution provided that (1) the substitution request is submitted in writing via email to [email protected] no later than 11:59 pm PDT on September 16, 2022, and (2) the registration is transferred to another employee of the original registrant’s organization. Registrants are not permitted to substitute someone from a different organization in their place. Subsequent substitutions after the first, as well as substitutions requested on or after September 17, 2022, will incur a $100 administrative fee.


Registrants who have paid to participate in the face-to-face event who decide they want to participate virtually instead may transfer the format of their registration provided that the transfer request is submitted in writing via email to [email protected] no later than 11:59 pm PDT on September 16, 2022.

Registrants who have paid to participate in the virtual event who decide they want to participate face-to-face instead may transfer the format of their registration provided that (1) space at the event venue permits and (2) the transfer request is submitted in writing via email to [email protected] no later than 11:59 pm PDT on September 16, 2022.


We’re here to help! Email [email protected] or call 703.535.7850.