Education event

California Congressional Action Program
advocating for patients and your hospitals

April 25 – 28, 2010
Washington, D.C.


This program is a once-a-year opportunity for all California hospitals to collectively share their stories with federal elected officials. Hospitals see the need for health care reform every day and remain committed to working toward universal coverage for the benefit of patients.

Key legislative and regulatory priorities at the federal level include:

  • Extending the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAPs) rate increase through June 2011
  • Improving access to health information technology by extending deadlines and modifying the “meaningful use” requirements
  • Protecting Medicare and Medicaid patients through preservation of payments to hospitals
  • Supporting universal coverage
  • Supporting delivery system reform through alignment of incentives and removal of barriers to integrated care

Held in conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s Annual Meeting, the program is also a great opportunity to network with peers from other states. Separate registration is required for AHA’s meeting; please visit their website at for details.



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 “Meet & Greet” Reception
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

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


8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
CHA Registration/Check-In and Hospitality Suite
Hilton Washington Hotel

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


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

C. Duane Dauner
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 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
Call on federal lawmakers to help them understand how the decisions they make impact access to care in their districts, and how your hospital contributes to the local economy.

Once you register for the program, appointments will be scheduled with members of Congress on your behalf. Staff from CHA and the Regional Associations will accompany hospital leaders on the visits.


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
California Team Visits on Capitol Hill
Visits with congressional leaders continue on Wednesday.

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
California Team Buffet Luncheon at the Capitol Hill Club
Between meetings with representatives, drop in for lunch as your schedule permits.

Registration Fees

This program is for executives of CHA-member hospitals only.
Register by April 9 and save $75

Member rate, by April 9: $300
Member rate, after April 9: $375
Guest/Spouse rate: $35

A separate registration fee of $35 is required for spouse and friends to attend the “Meet & Greet” Reception. The guest rate is not available to colleagues; they must register at the member rate.

American Hospital Association Meeting:
This program is being held in conjunction with AHA’s Annual meeting. Separate registration is required for AHA’s meeting; please visit their website at for details.

Cancellation Policy:
A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation received in writing by April 16. No refunds will be made after this date. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitutions notification may be e-mailed to

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


The host hotel for the California delegation is:

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

A discounted, room block is available at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. To make a reservation, please call (800) 228-7697 and mention the “California Hospital Association” to receive the discounted rate of $359 single/double occupancy. Don’t delay—the reservation deadline is April 9. For more information, visit the hotel website at


Flight Information:
Because visits on Capitol Hill may run late, please do not plan a return flight before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 28.


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