An important component of WHA’s Annual Advocacy Day event is not just hearing speeches about the current state of affairs in politics and health care, but making the voice of Wisconsin’s hospitals heard loud and clear in the State Capitol with a unified message. Advocacy Day attendees had the opportunity to do just that following a legislative issues briefing from WHA Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Kyle O’Brien. Nearly 500 hospital advocates visited 130 state lawmakers and legislative staff on Advocacy Day.
“Use your time at the Capitol to tell your story today. Remind legislators how important your hospital is to you and your community,” said O’Brien. “It is these stories, coming from you, that legislators will remember. Your presence today will make a difference.”
O’Brien asked those visiting with lawmakers to make three main points during their visit:
- Remind legislators that high-quality, high-value health care is an asset to Wisconsin’s economy because it helps to attract great talent for all industries;
- Urge lawmakers to address the increasing Medicaid cost-shift, known as the Hidden Health Care Tax, and use the progress presented in Governor Evers’ budget to increase hospital reimbursement.
- Ask legislators to modernize telehealth laws to improve care and reduce costs.