MILWAUKEE (1/27/2010) - Children's Hospital and Health System applauds Governor Jim Doyle after his final State of the State address as governor Tuesday, Jan. 26.
"Governor Jim Doyle has a well-earned reputation for working hard these past seven years to make Wisconsin a great place to live, work and raise a family," said Peggy Troy, MSN, RN, president and CEO of the health system. "In these tough economic times, Gov. Doyle has worked to advance the health and well-being of children and families in Wisconsin."
Throughout his tenure, Gov. Doyle sought to make insurance available to children. With the addition of the BadgerCare Plus program, every Wisconsin child has access to coverage, which has helped make Wisconsin the state with the second highest percentage of people with coverage and helped rank it first in the nation in health care quality.
Gov. Doyle also has invested in education, which is critical to the future well-being of Wisconsin's children. Under his leadership, the state has improved access to 4-year-old kindergarten, reduced class sizes, increased availability of school breakfasts, provided students with improved opportunities to go to college through the Wisconsin Covenant program and tripled financial aid.
"At every level of the health system, we see how important it is to ensure that our children's needs are being addressed through health, education, advocacy, research and social service support," said Troy. "It is critical to have a state that cares so much about our children, families and community; and we thank Governor Doyle for making children a priority."