Waupun Memorial Hospital representatives attend WHA Advocacy Day in Madison
A record-breaking 850 hospital leaders, employees, trustees and volunteers, including Waupun Memorial Hospital (WMH) associates and WMH Auxiliary members, participated in Wisconsin Hospital Association’s (WHA) Advocacy Day event recently held in Madison.
Advocacy Day is an annual event that connects hospital supporters with their legislators in Madison so lawmakers can learn how issues impact local hospitals and communities.
“We are committed to attending WHA’s Advocacy Day event,” says DeAnn Thurmer, Waupun Memorial Hospital chief operating officer. “We believe it is important to talk with our legislators about important healthcare issues, like Medicaid provisions pending the state budget. Advocacy Day provides us with the education and motivation to make our voices heard.”
This year Advocacy Day attendees heard from keynote speakers U.S. Representative Paul Ryan and Dr. David Rehr of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University. Attendees also heard from a bipartisan legislative panel, including State Senators Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) and Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and State Representatives Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and Jeff Stone (R-Greendale). During the luncheon keynote address, attendees heard from Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades.
This year over 500 attendees spent time in the afternoon meeting with elected officials in the State Capitol to discuss important issues pending in the state budget. Advocates made sure their legislators were aware of the importance to hospitals across the state of providing health insurance coverage under the Medicaid program to low-income individuals making less than $15,300 a year. Doing so would provide more coverage at less cost for the state while at the same time provide stability for patients and hospitals.
“We are from Waupun Memorial Hospital and are proud of Wisconsin’s reputation of providing some of the highest quality, highest value care in the nation,” says Thurmer. “Advocacy Day allowed us to the chance to reinforce this message with legislators and remind them that proposals like important Medicaid coverage in the state budget will help patients, hospitals and communities.”