Children's legislative priorities

Improving and supporting access to high-quality health care for kids

Children's is committed to advocating for a strong Medicaid program for kids. More than half of the kids we care for are covered by Medicaid and we want to ensure that program funding supports the care and services kids need. We monitor and advocate on provider and insurance reimbursement, regulations and policies. We encourage increased investments in pediatric-specific care, pediatric research and the pediatric expert workforce.

Engaging in public and community health efforts

In order to strive towards our vision to have Wisconsin's children be the healthiest in the nation, we look beyond our hospital and clinic walls to help meet community needs. It is important that children are thriving in all aspects of health: physical, mental, social and dental health. These efforts include: promoting immunizations, improving access to healthy and affordable food, ensuring safe and stable housing, reducing environmental health hazards and more.

Preventing injuries and keeping kids safe

Prevention is a key component of pediatric health and well-being. Children's provides programs, services and education to promote safety and help prevent injuries and harm. We advocate to support: care seat safety, bike safety, promoting safe sleep environments, teen driving safety, gun violence prevention, concussion protocols and much more.

Supporting the well-being of kids and families

At more than a dozen locations across the state, Children's provides child and family counseling, child advocacy and protection services, community health education, family preservation and support services, and foster care and adoption services. Children’s supports and strengthens children and families across Wisconsin with family-centered and strengths-based programs to help keep children safely at home in a nurturing environment. We recruit, license and support foster and adoptive parents and are licensed by the State of Wisconsin to match and place children in safe and stable homes. Children's advocates for funding and policies for parent supports, to prevent abuse and support survivors, and to help meet the needs of children in out-of-home care.

Federal letters of support and testimony

  • September 2023 – Coalition letter in support of bone marrow donation employee time off
  • September 2023 – Chorus Community Health Plans comment letter re: short-term, limited duration health plans
  • May 2023 – Coalition letter to Congressional leadership re: Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program funding
  • April 2023 – Project ADAM letter re: Access to AEDs Act
  • April 2023 – Coalition letter re: Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act funding and Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Grants
  • April 2023 – Coalition letter to Congressional leadership re: gun violence prevention funding for research
  • March 2023 – DEA comment letter re: telemedicine prescribing
  • March 2023 – FDA comment letter re: lead in baby food
  • March 2023 – Coalition letter to Congressional leadership re: community violence intervention and youth violence prevention funds
  • March 2023 – Coalition letter to Congresswoman Moore re: menthol cigarettes and little cigars
  • December 2022 – Coalition letter to Congressional leadership re: Verifying Accurate Leading-edge In-Vitro Clinical Test Development (VALID) Act
  • November 2022 – Children's letter to Congressional delegation on key end-of-year priorities
  • November 2022 – Coalition letter to Congressional leadership in support of Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act
  • November 2022 – Letter to Congressional leadership on orphan drugs, pediatric pharmaceuticals, pediatric medical devices and more to support kids with rare diseases
  • September 2022 – Letter to Wisconsin congressional delegation on Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV)
  • September 2022 – CMS comment letter on Physician Fee Schedule
  • August 2022 – Response to Health and Human Services request for information on primary care
  • July 2022 – FDA comment letter on menthol in cigarettes and flavored cigars
  • July 2022 – Coalition letter to Senator Baldwin on FDA role in tobacco and e-cigarette regulations
  • May 2022 – Wisconsin pediatric provider letter to Congressional delegation on kids' mental and behavioral health
  • April 2022 – Firearm morbidity and mortality prevention research at CDC and NIH
  • April 2022 – U.S. House coalition support letter for Supporting Children's Mental Health Care Access Act
  • March 2022 – Child Poverty Reduction Act coalition letter to congressional leadership
  • March 2022 – Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program reauthorization coalition support letter
  • March 2022 – FDA regulation of synthetic nicotine coalition letter
  • February 2022 – U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Statement for the Record - Dr. Smriti Khare

State letters of support and testimony

  • November 2023 – Testimony in support of dental therapy legislation
  • November 2023– Coalition memo in support of dental therapy legislation
  • November 2023 – Testimony in support of like-kin definition legislation
  • October 2023 – Coalition memo in opposition to tobacco bar legislation
  • September 2023 – Coalition testimony in opposition of ATV passenger legislation
  • September 2023 – Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin testimony on fatality review teams 
  • August 2023 – Safe kids testimony on fatality review teams
  • August 2023 – Testimony on fatality review teams and other related legislation
  • May 2023 – Safe harbor testimony to end charging youth victims of sex trafficking with prostitution
  • May 2023 – Hospital CEO letter to support hospitals in caring for patients covered by Medicaid
  • May 2023 – Air ambulance respiratory therapist testimony
  • April 2023 – Joint Finance Committee testimony on Family Resource Centers and Triple P Positive Parenting Program
  • April 2023 – Joint Finance Committee testimony on Dental Clinic
  • March 2023 – Postpartum eligibility extension testimony
  • February 2023 – Coalition letter on postpartum eligibility extension
  • May 2022 – Wisconsin Department of Health Services comment letter on postpartum coverage extension
  • February 2022 – 30th Street Industrial Corridor health system support letter to WI DOT Secretary Thompson
  • January 2022 – Prohibiting mandated insurance "white bagging" for clinician administered drugs
  • November 2021 – Coalition memo to Governor Evers re: child abuse and neglect prevention funding
  • October 2021 – Postpartum coverage extension testimony SB 562
  • October 2021 – Pediatric health organization memo re: COVID-19 and keeping kids safe and in school
  • September 2021 – Tobacco 21 Senate Dr. Diaz testimony
  • September 2021 – Tobacco 21 Senate Dr. Amos testimony
  • August 2021 – ATV passenger safety coalition testimony
  • August 2021 – Short-term limited duration insurance plans
  • July 2021 – Children's Advocacy Network 2021-23 Wisconsin state budget update
  • June 2021 – Wisconsin Plumbing Code Advisory Committee coalition memo re: water stations in schools
  • June 2021– Sudden cardiac arrest awareness for student athletes testimony AB 82
  • May 2021 – Wisconsin pediatric health organizations letter re: COVID-19
  • May 2021 – Wisconsin Hospital Association Chief Medical Officer letter re: COVID-19
  • May 2021 – Medicaid postpartum coverage coalition memo
  • March 2021 – PAH coal tar-based sealants testimony AB 131
  • March 2021 – Dental therapy cosponsorship coalition memo


Milwaukee area letters of support and testimony

  • February 2023 – Milwaukee County American Rescue Plan Act Allocation Task Force re: lead poisoning prevention
  • May 2022 – Milwaukee Market Match program Finance Committee testimony
  • October 2021 – Coalition memo to Milwaukee County Executive and Supervisors re: Market Match fruit and vegetable incentive program
  • September 2021 – Triple P, The Parenting Network coalition letter to Milwaukee Common Council re: American Rescue Plan Act funds for parent and family supports
  • July 2021 – Health care system coalition letter to Mayor Barrett re: American Rescue Plan Act funds for violence prevention
  • July 2020 – Letter to Wauwatosa Common Council re: mask ordinance
  • July 2020 – Coalition letter to Mayor Barrett re: mask ordinance
  • April 2019 - Wauwatosa Equity & Inclusion Commission Support Letter
  • March 2019 - Dr. Paradis Milwaukee Common Council Steering & Rules Committee testimony on lead poisoning prevention

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