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Helpful materials and information to enhance the AHA Annual Meeting

AHA Annual Meeting
April 7 – 10, 2019, Washington, D.C.


Welcome and thank you for joining us in Washington, D.C. We are excited this year to blend our event, previously known as the California Congressional Action Program, with the AHA Annual Meeting. This new partnership provides our membership with increased value and a united presence in our nation’s capitol.

Before you arrive, take a few minutes to look over the agenda of California events — you won’t want to miss these events developed especially for our members. This web page will also provide you with supplemental materials for California events and to improve your experience during Congressional visits.

Congressional Visit Schedules
When you attend the California Team Caucus on Tuesday, April 9, you will receive a customized attendee packet with Congressional Visit schedules and Data Suite reports on your hospital or system. Because many meetings are confirmed shortly before your arrival, we are not able to provide your personal schedule in advance.

AHA Annual Meeting

The meeting runs Sunday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. – Wednesday April 10, 5 p.m. and will be held at Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. 

AHA’s Annual Meeting will expose you to viewpoints from today’s most influential individuals in politics, reporting and health care. Get ready to be inspired and energized by what you will learn. View the AHA agenda

AGENDA UPDATE: Pelosi to Keynote on Tuesday.
AHA has added the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, to the program. Her keynote address on Tuesday at 11 a.m. will be a rare opportunity to gain insights from the most powerful woman in American government today.

California Events

Monday April 8

National Media Panel: The Politics of Health Care Policy
5 – 6 p.m., Marriott Marquis Hotel, University of D.C. Room, First Level, below Lobby

Hear from and engage with members of the media who have the inside track on health care in Washington, D.C. Panelists include writers and reporters from CBS News, Los Angeles Times, Modern Healthcare and Politico. View agenda

California Hospital Members’ Reception
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S Street, NW

All California participants are invited to an evening reception hosted by CHA, Hospital Council Northern & Central California, Hospital Association of Southern California, and Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Join your colleagues to unwind with wine and hors d’oeuvres and share experiences of the day.

CHPAC Presidents’ Club Dinner (By invitation only)
7:30 p.m. (Immediately following the reception), President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S Street, NW

Members of the CHPAC’s Presidents’ Club are invited to dinner at the historic President Woodrow Wilson House. Maintained much as it was in 1924, the home includes furniture, art, photographs, state gifts and personal effects of President and Mrs. Wilson. Docents will be on hand to provide tours and answer questions about this important local landmark. View Details.

If you would like to join us for dinner, a $1,500 CHPAC contribution will secure your spot in the Presidents’ Club. Please contact Andrea Daugherty for details. Seating is limited.

Tuesday, April 9

California Team Caucus
UPDATE: New time due to scheduling changes

Begins after Speaker Pelosi’s keynote – 1:p.m.
Marriott Marquis Hotel, Tulip Room, Second Level
Box lunch provided during briefing

Calvin “Cal” Knight, Chair, CHA Board of Trustees and President & CEO, John Muir Health

Carmela Coyle, President & CEO, California Hospital Association 
Anne O’Rourke, Senior Vice President, Federal Relations, California Hospital Association 

Join advocacy leaders for an update on key issues of critical importance to California hospitals. Participants will be briefed on talking points and provided with their schedule of appointments in preparation for meetings with congressional staff and elected officials.

California Team Visits on Capitol Hill
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Meet with federal lawmakers and key staff to help them understand how the decisions they make impact access to hospital care in their district.

Once you register for the program, CHA will schedule appointments for you to meet with members of Congress and their staff. Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon and throughout Wednesday. 

Wednesday, April 10

California Team Visits on Capitol Hill
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Visits will continue on Wednesday.


    Advocacy Materials

    General Information


    Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.
    901 Massachusetts Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    The AHA room block at the Marriott Marquis has expired. Rooms outside of AHA’s block may be available at a higher rate. To make your hotel reservation, please call the Marriott Reservations number at 855-821-4281. If rooms at the Marriott are no longer available, the Marriott Reservations line can help you find a room at a nearby hotel.








    When will I receive my materials?
    Many items are available on this resource page. You also will receive a customized packet at the event that will include your Congressional Visit Schedule, AHA Message Card, hospital reports and more.   

    Can I get my Congressional Visit Schedule before Tuesday, April 9?
    The appointment schedules are handed out at the California Caucus on Tuesday morning, April 9. Members of Congress and their staff do not usually schedule appointments until a few days before the meeting. In addition, they often need to make changes in the time or place at the last minute; sometimes as late as Tuesday morning.

    Why don’t I have more appointments?
    Each hospital is located in one Congressional district. Members of Congress prefer to meet only with constituents who live in their districts. We can usually schedule a second or third appointment based on the hospital’s service area when it overlaps more than one congressional district. If your hospital has clinics or other services in multiple districts, please let us know so we can schedule additional meetings.

    Can I meet with our Senators?
    The Senators are rarely available due to their busy schedule, and meetings with their health aides are limited by space restrictions. CHA elected leadership will usually attend these meetings.

    Can you help me schedule my own appointments for separate meetings? Unfortunately, no. Multiple meeting requests serve to confuse staff, dilute our message and reduce the opportunity for a group meeting. The AHA Annual Meeting is a time for California hospitals to deliver a unified message. Separate, hospital-specific messaging is not appropriate during this meeting; please schedule those for a separate Washington, D.C. visit or in your district office.

    Can we meet with CMS officials?
    CMS officials tend to accept meetings on specific issues and are prohibited from speaking outside the parameters rulemaking. For example, while CMS may make themselves available to hear from providers about proposed rules, they will not be able to respond to questions or speculate on any outcomes. This can be very frustrating. Advocacy at the regulatory level is often very complex and not well conveyed in a large group. 

    What is a social guest?
    A social guest is a spouse, significant other or family member; not someone with a professional or voluntary affiliation with the hospital.

    What to Bring

    Business cards to share at meetings and with your colleagues. 

    Stories about your hospital to share with congressional officials and staff that relate to the AHA Message Card and issues of importance. 
    Take a few minutes to review the packet materials that were developed especially for this trip. As you read through these items think about how you can reinforce the AHA Message Card issues with your own stories and hospital experiences. We want those that make policy to fully understand the impact of their decisions on the work you do for patients, their families and your community.