CHA News Article

CHA Members Advocate for Hospitals, Discuss Priority Issues in Washington, D.C.

This week, executives from CHA member hospitals met in nearly 40 federal lawmakers’ offices on Capitol Hill as part of CHA’s annual California Congressional Action Program (CCAP), May 6-9 in Washington, D.C.

Representing the full spectrum of providers — from large health systems to rural, independent hospitals — hospital leadership advocated for California hospitals’ priority issues, detailed in a series of issue papers. During the congressional visits, CHA members shared their hospitals’ stories about the care they provide to patients, including community-based programs and services, inpatient acute care and post-acute care services. Priority issues discussed with lawmakers and staff included the importance of maintaining the 340B Drug Pricing Program, the need to increase manufacturer quotas to provide an adequate supply of injectable intravenous opioids, and the expectation that Worksheet S-10 data be reliable and valid for use in redistribution of Medicare disproportionate share hospital uncompensated dollars.

“Our members speak for the future health of all Californians. It is crucial that our elected officials hear directly from hospital leaders so that they may properly weigh the effect their policy decisions will have on the patients, families and communities we serve,” said Anne O’Rourke, CHA senior vice president, federal relations.

CHA members — shown here with Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA 53rd District), fourth from left — advocate hospital issues in Washington, D.C.