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 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

  • 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

  • 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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