Education event

California Congressional Action Program
Join fellow hospital leaders at our annual federal advocacy program

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May 6 – 9, 2018
Washington, D.C.

This program is for executives and trustees of CHA-member hospitals.


We are experiencing a time of unprecedented change in Washington, D.C., and years of work to improve health care delivery and expand coverage for Californians are at risk. Now, more than ever, we need your voice to help the California delegation stay informed. Join us as we work together and actively engage with Congressional representatives to help shape the future of health care.

American Hospital Association’s Annual Membership Meeting
The California Congressional Action Program (CCAP) is held in conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s Annual Membership Meeting and is designed to complement and strengthen California’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 hospital executives from throughout the country are expected to attend the AHA meeting. We encourage California hospital leaders to attend both the AHA and CCAP sessions. Please note that separate registration is required for each program; visit AHA’s website at for registration and program details.


Sunday, May 6

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
First-Time Attendee Orientation

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

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Regional Hospital Association-Sponsored Reception & Dinner
Invitation forthcoming
Meet new colleagues and network with your peers from throughout California.

Monday, May 7

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration | Hospitality Suite

Washington Hilton Hotel

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

6:00 p.m.
CHPAC Presidents’ Club Dinner

Anderson House

Members of the CHPAC Presidents’ Club are invited to this invitation-only dinner at the historic Anderson House, a Beaux-Arts masterpiece located on Washington’s Embassy Row. A separate invitation and details will be sent directly to Presidents’ Club members. If you wish to renew your membership or join the Presidents’ Club, please contact CHPAC’s Jennifer Lopez at

Tuesday, May 8

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Registration | Check In

Washington Hilton Hotel

10:45 a.m. – Noon
California Team Caucus

Washington Hilton Hotel

Richard F. Afable, MD, MPH, Chair, CHA Board of Trustees, and Trustee, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance
Carmela Coyle, President & CEO, California Hospital Association 
Anne O’Rourke, Senior Vice President, Federal Relations, California Hospital Association 

Join advocacy leaders for a briefing 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.

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.

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

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Evening Reception

Join fellow hospital executives for a hosted reception and share insights from your Capitol visits.

Wednesday, May 9

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 9.


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California Hospital Association
Education Department
1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814

Download, complete and mail registration form. Make check payable to CAHHS/CHA.

Fax your registration form to (916) 552-7506 with your credit card information.

Registration fees:

This program is for executives and trustees of CHA-member hospitals only.
Early registration will help facilitate the scheduling of your meetings with legislators and staff. Participants who register by April 4 will save $75.

Member rate, by April 4…………………………………………… $395
Member rate, after April 4……………………………………….. $470
Guest/Spouse rate…………………………………………………..  $135

A separate registration fee of $135 is required for a guest/spouse to attend the evening reception on May 8. Guest rate is not available to professional colleagues; they must register at the member rate.

Please note, a separate registration is required for the AHA Annual Membership Meeting. To learn more or register, visit AHA’s website at


A confirmation notice will be emailed to all registrants.

Cancellation Policy

A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation received in writing by April 4. No refunds will be made after this date. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitution notification may be emailed to

Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact CHA at (916) 552-7637.


The Mayflower Hotel is the host hotel for the California delegation and discounted rooms are available. 

Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(877) 212-5752 (reservations)
(202) 347-3000

Make your reservations online or by calling (877) 212-5752. Be sure to mention the “California Hospital Association” to receive the discounted rate of $349 single/double occupancy.

 To make a room reservation, please call (877) 212-5752 and be sure to mention the “California Hospital Association” to receive the discounted rate of $349 single/double occupancy. Don’t delay — the reservation deadline is April 4.

If you need assistance reserving a room, please contact Lisa Hartzell at or call (916) 552-7502.


When will I receive my materials?
In addition to receiving a customized packet at the event, a program resource page will be available one week prior to the event, and will include issue papers, talking points, detailed agenda and more.   

Can I get my Congressional meeting schedule before Tuesday, May 8?
The appointment schedules are handed out at the CA Caucus on Tuesday morning, May 8. 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 CCAP 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 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.