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Children's legislative priorities
Improving Medicaid access to high-quality health care
Medicaid is the largest children's health program in the U.S. and covers a broad range of health care 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 55% of children served at Children's are covered by Medicaid. In 2015, Children's provided over $70 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 health care.
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
- Budget Control Act 2018 letter
- CHIP August letter to Wisconsin Delegation
- Congressman Gallagher trauma informed care support letter
- Peggy Troy op-ed in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 'Don't forget the kids'
- CHIP letter to Wisconsin Delegation
- ACA & Medicaid letter to Wisconsin Delegation
- Children’s Hospital Association New York Times ad
State letters of support and testimony
- Dispatcher CPR testimony (SB 549)
- Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care mental health information for foster parents (SB 674)
- Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care defining dental care Dr. Colleen Greene (AB 781)
- Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care defining dental care Rachael Wolfe (AB 781)
- Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care mental health information for foster parents (AB 782)
- Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care child abuse and neglect prevention grants testimony (AB 785)
- Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care TPR proceedings testimony (AB 775)
- Children's Hospital - Medical College of Wisconsin prohibiting DXM cough syrup sales to children testimony (AB 681)
- Children's Hospital - American Heart Association Memo on Infant Congenital Heart Screenings
- Dispatcher CPR testimony (AB 654)
- Wauwatosa driveway sealants letter
- Dispatcher CPR co-sponsorship memo
- Safe Kids Wisconsin life jacket safety testimony (AB 575)
- Family treatment court testimony (AB 481)
- Children's Hospital's 2017-19 State Budget Overview
- FoodShare Healthy Foods Co-sponsorship Memo (LRB 3638 & LRB 4217)
- Farm to School Memo to Joint Finance Committee
- Child abuse and neglect statute joint memo (SB 280)
- Birth defects testimony (AB 371)
- Birth defects registry partner memo
- Little cigar loophole memo
- Coalition letter to DPI Superintendent Evers on ESSA
- Chiropractor pre-participation exams letter (AB 260)
- Former foster care youth income tax credit testimony (AB 239)
- Hospital systems letter to Joint Finance Committee
- Children’s 2017-19 Joint Finance Committee Budget Memo
- Dental hygienist committee testimony (AB 146 & SB 114)
- Dental hygienist cosponsorship memo (LRB 1095 & LRB 2335)
- Act Now! Joint Finance Committee testimony
Milwaukee area letters of support and testimony
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