Legislative Day

Legislative Day 2021 – From river to river, make pharmacy’s voice heard! 
January 27, 
Virtual Event

Registration open soon!

IPA’s annual Legislative Day is the cornerstone of the association’s legislative and public policy efforts. With uncertainty regarding the ability of large groups to gather at the Capitol next year, IPA will transition to virtual programming and grassroots efforts. This will include guest speakers and legislative updates on January 27 (originally scheduled Legislative Day) and a virtual grassroots push to engage legislators. Help IPA and pharmacists from across the state accomplish the goal of contacting every legislative district, from river to river!
Miss the 2019 Legislative Day? Watch the recorded afternoon sessions! 
Watch Sessions | CPE information


7:00-9:00 am         Coffee Hour (Optional)
Make Pharmacy’s Voice Heard – Contact your state Senator and Representative! 

9:00-9:30 am         Welcome and Keynote from DHS Director Kelly Garcia (Invited)

9:30-10:00 am         Legislative Briefing
IPA’s advocacy team will provide an overview on current pharmacy issues at the Capitol and how attendees can most effectively engage their legislators virtually.

10:00-10:30 am         Awards Presentation: IPA’s Good Government Award/Champion Advocate of the Year Award
IPA will award our ‘Good Government Award’ to a legislator who has worked closely with IPA on pharmacy and healthcare issues and who has shown dedicated service to improving healthcare for Iowans.

10:30-11:30 am         Legislative Panel/Closing 
Hear from legislators firsthand on the 2021 Legislative Session and how to be an effective advocate for pharmacy. 

11:30 am-4:30 pm         Make Your Voice Heard! Contact Your state Senator and Representative (Continued!)


Insight to Advocacy Series 

In addition to virtual Legislative Day content, IPA will also be providing engaging content from policymakers throughout the legislative session on a variety of topics.

Jan 15 – Rutledge v. PCMA – Impact on State Legislation  

In October, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could fundamentally alter the PBM landscape among the states. Hear from experts on how exactly the SCOTUS decision could impact state’s ability to regulate PBMs. 

Feb. 19 - Updates from Congress: Hear from a member of Iowa’s Congressional Delegation

Congress is considering several consequential legislative proposals impacting pharmacy. A member of Iowa’s Congressional Delegation and their staff will provide an update from Capitol Hill. 

March 5 – First Funnel Update – What bills are still alive? 

Iowa’s “funnel” process means many bills are considered dead for the remainder of session. IPA’s Casey Ficek will provide an update on what pharmacy priorities are still alive and what bills failed to advance for the year.

April 15 -Practice Act Task Force Update

IPA and the Board of Pharmacy have begun the process of working to adopt a new Iowa Pharmacy Practice Act. Members of the task force will provide an update on what work has been done so far and what else is needed in 2021. 

May 14 - Action Across the States – State Pharmacy Legislation

The National Alliance of State Pharmacy Association (NASPA) will provide an update on emerging trends for pharmacy in other state legislatures.