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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
  • 2017-2019 biennial budget provisions
  • Implications of the potential shift to a block grant model for Medicaid funding
  • Mental and behavioral health care delivery, including school-based services
  • Oral health access and Medicaid pilot programs
  • Expansion of funding for the Child Psychiatry Consultation Program (CPCP)
  • Updated educational requirements for opioid prescribing and pediatrics-focused CME
  • Child trafficking
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.