Education event

California Congressional Action Program
Advocating for patients and your hospitals

April 28 – May 1, 2013
Washington, D.C.

Please note: Online registration has closed for this program. Registrations will be processed on-site in Washington, D.C. If you are planning on registering on-site, please let us know.


CEOs and government relations executives of member hospitals are invited to participate in CHA’s federal advocacy program, the California Congressional Action Program in Washington, D.C. This event is being held in conjunction with the American Hospital Association Annual Membership Meeting.

Your presence in our nation’s capital is vital to the success of our advocacy efforts. With the increasing pressure to cut spending, hospitals remain particularly vulnerable. Federal officials are looking to use Medicaid and Medicare dollars to solve major budget problems including the debt ceiling, sequestration and defining a permanent Sustainable Growth Rate fix.

It is important that we have a strong contingent of California delegates present in D.C. This is an opportunity to build relationships, tell the California hospital story and to make an impact.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the Congressional calendar, Congress will be on recess during this year’s annual advocacy program. While we will not be able to meet with most members of Congress, CHA and the Regional Associations are planning a robust schedule of meetings with Congress members who will be in Washington, D.C. and their key staff. This is the perfect opportunity to strengthen relationships with the staff who advise representatives on hospital issues.

In addition, Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., Regional President, Southern California, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospital, will be sworn in as Chairman of AHA. Please join us in honoring our California colleague on April 28.

Please note, separate registration for the AHA Annual Membership Meeting is required. Please visit their website at for details.


Sunday, April 28

3:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Promenade

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
First-Time Attendee Orientation

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
Learn what to expect and how to make the most of your congressional visits.

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
California Team Welcome Reception
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

Meet new colleagues and network with your peers at this informal event.

Monday, April 29

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
CHA Registration — Hospitality Suite
Hilton Washington Hotel

After checking in for the program, feel free to relax in CHA’s hospitality suite and enjoy snacks and refreshments. Complimentary Internet access and printing capability will also be available.

6:30 p.m. 
CHPAC President’s Club Dinner
Members of the CHPAC President’s Club are invited to an exclusive dinner which will include an opportunity for an in-depth policy discussion with an important leader in the hospital financing community. A separate invitation and details will be sent directly to President’s Club members.

Tuesday, April 30

10:45 a.m. – Noon
California Team Caucus
Hilton Washington Hotel

C. Duane Dauner, President/CEO
California Hospital Association

Anne O’Rourke, Senior Vice President, Federal Relations
California Hospital Association

Join with advocacy leaders for a briefing on key issues of critical importance to California hospitals. In preparation for meetings with congressional staff and elected officials, members will be briefed on talking points and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

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

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

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
California Dinner
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

Members of the California delegation gather together for an exclusive dinner.

Wednesday, May 1

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
California Team Visits on Capitol Hill

Visits will continue on Wednesday.

Because visits on Capitol Hill may run late, please do not plan a return flight before 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1.


This program is for executives and trustees of CHA-member hospitals only.
Register by March 29 and save $75.

Member rate, by March 29: $395
Member rate, after March 29: $470
Guest/Spouse rate: $135

If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Vincent Wales at (916) 552-7519 or

A separate registration fee of $135 is required for a guest/spouse to attend the Welcome Reception and the California Dinner. The guest rate is not available to colleagues; they must register at the member rate.

A confirmation notice will be e-mailed to all registrants.

Cancellation Policy:
The cancellation deadline has passed. Substitutions are encouraged. Substitution notification may be e-mailed to

Special Accommodations or Questions:
If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act or have other questions, please contact Vincent Wales at (916) 552-7519 or

Hotel & Event Locations

The Renaissance Mayflower is the host hotel for the California delegation.

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(800) 468-3571 (reservations)
(202) 347-3000

Call (800) 468-3571 to make your reservation. Be sure to mention the “California Hospital Association” to receive the discounted rate of $329 single/double occupancy. Don’t delay — rooms at this rate are first come, first serve.