The California Hospital Association provides member hospitals and health systems with representation and advocacy in the legislative and regulatory arenas. CHA advocates to maintain and improve access to high-quality, cost-effective, safe hospital and hospital-related services.
Whether policy is being shaped at the state or federal level, the power and impact of our collective voices strengthen CHA’s effectiveness. CHA’s dynamic team works collaboratively to maintain a unified statewide network for legislative action, educating and advocating on behalf of hospitals.
CHA has finalized the 2013 Report on Legislation, summarizing important state health care legislation enacted during the first year of the 2013-14 legislative session. Developed to help hospitals understand the implications of the year’s significant bills, the report also serves as a reference tool for the broad range of legislative activity that occurred this session.
The report includes bill summaries, an index by author and an index by bill number. Statutory changes become effective Jan. 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted. A PDF of the report is available for members at www.calhospital.org/2013-report-legislation and includes links in the table of contents, summaries and indexes to help readers navigate. To request printed copies, please send an email to email@example.com.
Former State Senator Bill Emmerson has been appointed senior vice president of state relations and advocacy for CHA. Emmerson, who was first elected to the Assembly in 2004 representing Riverside and San Bernardino counties, announced his resignation from the California Senate last month. In his new role at CHA, Emmerson will oversee state-level legislative advocacy efforts. In accordance with state law, he will not lobby members of the Legislature for one year following the effective date of his resignation from the Senate. He will supervise CHA’s team of in-house and contract lobbyists and provide political analysis and strategic guidance in the development of CHA’s public policy objectives.
“Bill is among the most respected and thoughtful leaders that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” said CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner. “He is a person of high integrity, and his knowledge of health care and the political process will be invaluable to California’s hospitals. We are honored to have him join the CHA staff.”
CHA’s announcement about the appointment is attached.
Issued weekly during the legislative session, the Key State Issues report provides an insider’s view on the progress of high-priority health-related bills moving through the legislative process. For more information, please see the attached October 17 Key State Issues.
In a video recently released video, CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner expresses his thanks to the Governor and Legislature for their visionary leadership. The passage of SB 239 means a more secure future for skilled-nursing patients across California, and greater access to vital health care services as the state’s hospitals prepare for implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act.
An innovative mobile medical clinic program in Los Angeles County provides essential health care services to underserved communities throughout the San Fernando Valley. The 34-foot “clinic-on-wheels” is funded by Providence Health & Services – Southern California. It brings affordable health care directly to communities and provides preventive treatment to reduce costly visits to hospital emergency rooms.