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In alignment with our chapter’s strategic priorities, WIAAP collaborates with our state's executive, legislative and departmental leaders on policies impacting child and family health and the practice of pediatrics. We convene a multi-organizational Pediatric Policy Group that reviews relevant issues at hand in the state, collaborating on advocacy on issues of common interest to strengthen messaging to decision-makers.
Some state advocacy issues on the horizon for 2017
If, at any time, you would like to know our position on an issue or want to request our support, please contact us. We review these inquiries on a case by case basis and provide background information, and, where appropriate, chapter-level support.
Our organization and executive director are registered through the state Government Accountability Board's (GAB) lobbying oversight.
AB260 - Expanded scope of practice for chiropractors in conducting pre-participation exams for student athletes.
In late April, a bill was introduced in the state assembly that would allow chiropractors to conduct pre-participation exams for student athletes.
In short order, WIAAP’s David Bernhardt, MD, FAAP, prepared a position statement on our opposition to the proposed legislation, and testified before the Assembly Health Committee on April 26, 2017 to advocate for a “No” vote. WIAAP mobilized a coalition that included 15 organizations opposed to the bill.
The day after the hearing, Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) pulled his cosponsorship of the bill. As of May 10, it has not been brought up for a vote in committee.
We thank Dr. Bernhardt and all our partners for their swift action against this harmful legislation. and will keep tracking this bill's trajectory.