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Governor Addresses Hospital Leaders at Health Policy Legislative Day
CHA members meet with their legislators on issues of importance to hospitals

More than 200 hospital executives gathered in Sacramento this morning to hear details of CHA’s key state legislative priorities and meet with their lawmakers to discuss health care policy as part of CHA’s annual Health Policy Legislative Day. They joined staff and lawmakers from legislative offices at a breakfast reception to kick-off the event. Before going to the state Capitol for individual meetings with legislators, the CHA delegation heard remarks from Gov. Jerry Brown, who emphasized the need for collaboration and cooperation in a time of great uncertainty.

“I hope that we here in California can work together, identify challenges and then work through them to find good solutions,” Brown said.

The Governor focused his comments on the current political atmosphere in Washington, D.C., explaining that vital public policy issues such as health care demand an ability to look beyond partisan identities.

“We are not dealing with absolute divides, but shades of difference – although it doesn’t feel that way at times,” he said.

In addition to the keynote address, CHA Chair Ann Madden Rice, CEO of UC Davis Medical Center, reminded participants in her opening address about the importance of advocating with the Legislature on behalf of patients and their communities. CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner, who presented an overview of the changing political environment and update on the Affordable Care Act, spoke of CHA’s efforts to represent hospitals through sound public policy while maintaining good relations across the political spectrum.

Finally, hospital leaders heard from a panel of CHA issue experts on the top legislative priorities for hospitals this year.

See tomorrow’s CHA News for more photos and a complete re-cap of the event.