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One of the most important ways WIAAP serves children, families and their providers is through health advocacy. Did you know that within the past year, our members have provided expert testimony on legislation including why sports preparticipation physicals should be performed in the primary care medical home, and why all immunizations should be entered into the statewide immunization registry, to name just two? We work regularly with state policy makers at the Departments of Health Services (Public Health and Medicaid), Department of Children and Families and the Department of Public Instruction, and provide support for federal issues brought forth by our national AAP.

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 Council that reviews relevant issues at hand in the state, collaborating on advocacy on issues of common interest to strengthen messaging to decision-makers.

WIAAP is a collaborator with the new Children’s Caucus in the Wisconsin legislature, focusing attention to issues concerning children and the pediatricians who care for them. Early childhood development and literacy and trauma-informed care are just a few topics under already under discussion.

From time to time we reach out to our members to contact legislators and other policy makers (federal, state or even local) to show support and offer expertise on issues critical to children. We will provide any position statements and talking points to help make this as simple as possible. It is said that a contact from a constituent represents the opinions of 200. One call from a physician weighs in far more significantly. You are trusted sources of information.

WIAAP Position Statements and specific bill commentary

Private Payer Advocacy (AAP updates)

  • Have an issue with payment? Be sure to fill out the Hassle Factor Form. AAP collects all data to track trending issues and address payers accordingly. Information may be completed online to report insurance administrative and claims processing concerns. The information provided will be used to assist the AAP and chapters in identifying trends and facilitating public and private sector advocacy related to health plans. By collecting data on issues pediatricians have with third party payers, the AAP at the national and chapter levels will be better able to identify common areas of concern and facilitate dialogue with payers. Please complete one form per carrier.

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