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1,000 Hospital Supporters Attend WHA Advocacy Day;
600 Meet with Legislators

"You are a powerful voice for your community hospital and patients" 

It was an impressive gathering as more than 1,000 hospital supporters converged upon Madison April 19 to attend the WHA Advocacy Day 2017 event at Monona Terrace for a morning of education and networking. And, for the first time in the history of WHA’s Advocacy Day, every available meeting room in the state capitol was booked as more than 600 hospital supporters flocked to the capitol in the afternoon to meet with their local legislators.

In his welcome, WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding was clearly impressed with the sea of supporters he saw before him.


WHA Testifies on ACA Reform Impact on Medicaid Program
 Borgerding: "Medicaid debate can’t just happen in Washington"

At the invitation of the Assembly Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations, WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding testified at an April 5 hearing in Madison on the impact health reform could have on the state’s Medicaid program. He said the Medicaid debate must occur in both Madison and Washington and he told Committee members the Medicaid issue will land "squarely in your laps."  (Read more...)

WHA Members Advocate for Medicaid
Reimbursement at JFC Hearings

Health care leaders ask JFC to use Medicaid surplus to increase provider rates, support GME

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) took to the road to gather feedback from residents across the state on the proposed 2017-19 biennial state budget. Several leaders from Wisconsin hospitals and health systems testified at the JFC hearings and asked the Committee to consider increasing its support of the Disproportionate Share Hospital (DHS) program, a program that is designed to offset hospital Medicaid losses.

"Hospital and health system leaders are testifying at every JFC public hearing to ensure legislators know Wisconsin must make investments in our Medicaid program that improve our provider reimbursement rates and reduce the ‘hidden health care tax’ on our employers," according to WHA Senior Vice President Kyle O’Brien.

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Fast Facts
By the Numbers:

General med-surg hospitals:  129
Critical access hospitals:58
LT acute care hospitals: 6
Psychiatric hospitals: 10
Inpatient days (2014): 2,600,153
Outpatient days (2014): 18,211,447

 Wisconsin hospitals employ more than 100,000 people and generate nearly
$30 billion in economic activity.


This Week's Priorities

Advocacy: More than 1,000 hospital supporters attended WHA Advocacy Day on April 19 in Madison; 600 of them went to the capitol to meet with their local legislators... (Read more)

Medicaid Reimbursement: Several leaders from Wis. health care testified at JFC hearings asking them to consider increasing support of DSH. (Read more)

Medicaid: Eric Borgerding testified at a hearing of the Assembly Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations on the impact health reform could have on the state's Medicaid program. (Read more)


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