Children's legislative priorities

Improving Medicaid access to high-quality healthcare

Medicaid is the largest children's health program in the U.S. and covers a broad range of healthcare services with few costs paid by the family. Wisconsin ensures all children, ages birth to 19, have access to health insurance, regardless of income. About 53% of children served at Children's are covered by Medicaid. In 2018, Children's provided over $82 million in uncompensated care; that is why the Medicaid reimbursement rate is very important to our hospital's ability to provide the best care for kids.

Preventing injuries and keeping kids safe

We want our children to be healthy and safe, but they are surrounded by potential for harm on a daily basis. Fortunately, the injuries and illnesses that impact most children can be avoided. Children's helps educate families to provide a safe environment for their children. This includes care seat safety, bike safety, promoting safe sleep environments and teen driving safety.

Promoting public health

In order to strive towards our vision to have Wisconsin's children be the healthiest in the nation, we look beyond the patients and clients we serve to help whole communities. It is important that children are thriving in healthy physical, mental and social emotional environments. This includes ensuring that children are immunized and have access to appropriate asthma care, that they're kept safe from violence, their homes are safe from poisoning risks and that they're able to obtain proper oral healthcare.

Increasing research funding

Children's Research Institute advances pediatric medical research for children in Wisconsin and beyond. We focus on translational research - taking discoveries from the laboratory and converting them to new therapies at patients' bedsides. We invest significant funds in cutting-edge research to help improve the lives of children and families. Increased funding enhances our ability to study and research pediatric-specific illnesses and diseases, determine ways to improve care and find cures to improve children's health.

Supporting foster care and adoption

Children's works with families after a report of child abuse, neglect and/or if a child is unsafe in their home. Children who need foster and adoptive homes come from various backgrounds and have a wide range of unique needs. Children's collaborates with local and state agencies to ensure that children's cases are handled appropriately and that our most vulnerable children are protected and given safe, supportive physical, mental, and emotional care.

Federal letters of support and testimony

  • September 2021 – Helping Kids Cope Act and Children's Mental Health Infrastructure Act letter to Congress
  • August 2021 – Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program appropriations support letter
  • July 2021 – PACT Act pediatric research support letter
  • July 2021 – Hospital violence intervention program funding coalition letter
  • May 2021 – Medicaid 12-month postpartum eligibility Children's Community Health Plan coalition letter
  • April 2021 – Safe Sleep Act and Safe Cribs Act coalition letter
  • April 2021 – Strengthening the Vaccines for Children Program Act support letter
  • April 2021 – Funding for CDC's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program
  • March 2021 – Firearm morbidity and mortality prevention research at CDC and NIH
  • March 2021 – Child Poverty Reduction Act sign-on letter
  • March 2021 – Letter to Senate re: Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program
  • February 2021 – Pediatric Mental Health Access Grants sign-on letter
  • February 2021 – Importance of staying up-to-date on vaccines sign-on letter
  • February 2021 – Children's Hospital Association letter to Congress re: COVID-19
  • January 2021 – Letter to incoming Biden Administration re: public charge
  • December 2020 – Letter to Congressional Delegation re: COVID-19 relief
  • October 2020 – Physician Fee Schedule comment letter re: telehealth codes
  • August 2020 – Children's Hospital Association sign-on letter regarding CHGME funding in HEALS Act
  • July 2020 – Letter to Congressional Delegation re: COVID-19 relief
  • May 2020 – Letter to Secretary Azar re: COVID-19 relief
  • April 2020 – VACCINES Act sign-on letter
  • April 2020 – Letter to Congressional Delegation re: COVID-10 relief
  • March 2020 – Letter to Congress on CDC/NIH gun violence prevention research funding
  • September 2019 - Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • August 2019 - Preventing Lead Poisoning Act Support Letter to Congresswoman Moore
  • June 2019 - VACCINES Act Support Letter
  • May 2019 - Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act Reauthorization Support Letter
  • May 2019 - National Early Detection to Stop Infant Abuse & Prevent Fatalities Act Letter
  • May 2019 - Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act Supporting Organizations
  • May 2019 - Scarlett's Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act Support Letter - Children's Wisconsin  |  Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin

State letters of support and testimony

  • September 2021 – Tobacco 21 Senate 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 – Medicaid postpartum coverage coalition memo
  • March 2021 – PAH coal tar-based sealants testimony AB 131
  • March 2021 – Dental therapy cosponsorship coalition memo
  • October 2020 – Vaccine coalition memo re: terminology
  • September 2020 – Letter to Secretary Azar & Administrator Verma re: insurance exchange extension
  • August 2020 – Vaccine coalition memo re: importance of flu vaccine
  • May 2020 – Letter to Governor Evers re: COVID-19 relief
  • April 2020 – Letter to Governor Evers re: COVID-19 relief
  • March 2020 – School immunization requirement regulations
  • March 2020 – Tobacco 21 Senate testimony
  • March 2020 – Tobacco 21 coalition memo
  • February 2020 – Short term limited duration insurance plans
  • February 2020 – School & child care setting lead testing
  • February 2020 – PAH coal tar-based sealants AB 797
  • August 2019 - Tobacco 21 legislation memo
  • 2019-2021 - Children's Advocacy Network's State Budget Update
  • May 2019 - Mental health clinical consultation AB 192
  • May 2019 - Child Psychiatry Consultation Program SB 113 Dr. Khare  |  Dr. Chayer
  • March 2019 - Tobacco product placement co-sponsorship memo
  • February 2019 - Dental therapy support coalition letter
  • February 2019 - Home visiting expansion support letter

Milwaukee area letters of support and testimony

  • 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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