While the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association is ably represented in Sacramento by a professional lobbyist and staff, the voices heard from around the state make the difference in the success or failure of legislation.

Providers talk a great deal about compassionate end-of-life care; however, in today's polarized legislative environment, talking to each other is not enough. Providers must share our values and benefits by saying to members of Congress, members of the State legislatures, and members of our local city government, "Let me tell you about our program, and what we provide our community. Let me share with you how you can help provide for and protect our patients and their families. Let me share with you my experience."

There are many ways to become a hospice advocate:

  • If you are not already a member, join CHAPCA! There is strength in numbers and your voice, when joined with ours, makes us all a more powerful force in your state capitol..
  • Get to know your elected officials. Invite them to your agency, take him/her out on a home visit and add them to your mailing list. Regular communication with key officials and their staff is important year-round. Legislators who know and understand the value of hospice in their community are powerful friends in the state capitol and in Congress.


The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association advocates with legislators on behalf of those facing life-threatening illness by promoting availability and access to quality end-of-life care.

CHAPCA represents the interests of hospice and palliative care providers in California.

The CHAPCA Legislative Committee annually reviews legislation of interest to the hospice community and takes positions on legislation.

Members watch for updates published in Need to Know as the bill's status changes as it moves through the Senate and Assembly.