More than 600 hospital supporters made their way to the state capitol to meet with their local legislators following an issues briefing by WHA Senior Vice President Kyle O’Brien at WHA Advocacy Day April 19 in Madison.
The state capitol was filled with hospital supporters from across the state advocating for policies that enable and protect high-quality, high-value health care in their communities.
O’Brien summarized the current political issues in Madison, explained how legislative appointments work and documented how effective the meetings are in educating and motivating legislators to support policies that support hospitals.
"Last year, at this very same event, we witnessed the Governor signing a bill into law that you, our hospital supporters, had advocated for the year before during your Advocacy Day visits," O’Brien said. "Your Advocacy Day legislative visits were an important part of accomplishing WHA’s legislative agenda this past session. Lawmakers hear from WHA’s government relations team on a regular basis, but Advocacy Day serves as the best opportunity to hear directly from you—their constituents—about protecting high-quality, high-value health care in your local communities."
O’Brien asked supporters to make three main points to legislators during their visit: describe the important role that great local health care has in attracting new economic development and keeping people healthy; ask legislators to use one-tenth of the Medicaid surplus to fund health care reimbursement increases; and, emphasize how essential it is to invest in graduate medical education to maintain an adequate health care workforce in Wisconsin.