CHA News Article

Member Advocacy Programs Set For April
Mark your calendars for 2011

CHA’s two member advocacy programs — Health Policy Legislative Day and California Congressional Action Program (CCAP) — are scheduled for April. Health Policy Legislative Day will take place April 5-6 in Sacramento; the California Congressional Action Program will be held April 10-13 in Washington, D.C. Members are encouraged to plan now to attend both events.

Health Policy Legislative Day

Health Policy Legislative Day was moved from March to April to strengthen the advocacy message on priority legislation. The April timeframe will allow more time for bill analyses and number assignments, development of position papers with a clear “ask” or position, and distribution of CHA position papers to members in advance of the program.

In addition, the program has been expanded to include two new sessions on Tuesday, April 5. The first is a New Participant Briefing from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. for members who are new to the program. The session will include information on CHA’s advocacy processes and the legislative process, as well as a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the state Capitol.

Team leaders for the legislative visits will be encouraged to attend a special Team Leader Briefing to review protocol and talking points for the meetings with legislators, “leave behind” materials and appointment schedules.

A Government Relations/Welcome Reception for all attendees will be April 5 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. The informal gathering will bring together government relations executives and hospital CEOs, along with staff from CHA and the Regional Associations.

The Wednesday, April 6, program will include a breakfast reception with legislators, an education program followed by lunch and then meetings with legislators at the state Capitol.

California Congressional Action Program

During CCAP, a delegation of hospital leaders will travel to the Washington, D.C., to collectively advocate on behalf of California hospitals.

While the California congressional delegation remains largely unchanged, the new Republican majority in the House will assume control in January. The changes in Congress will provide new opportunities and challenges, with increased pressure to reduce spending and the deficit, and further shape health care reform.

CCAP is held in conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s Annual Membership Meeting when hospital executives from throughout the country convene in the nation’s Capitol.

Registration and complete information regarding both programs will be available in early January.