The WiHPCA Legislative Committee is charged with developing the association’s legislative priorities and providing direction and support on public policy that impacts hospice and palliative care in Wisconsin. The committee, which meets once a month, also evaluates legislative and regulatory issues of importance as they arise and leads WiHPCA’s lobbying and grassroots advocacy efforts.
As mentioned above in the Government Affairs Report provided by Hoven Consulting (WiHPCA’s lobbying firm), the committee recently voted to support Assembly Bill 144, legislation to address the state’s health care workforce challenges by expediting occupational licensing for Wisconsin health care professionals. In addition, the WiHPCA Legislative Committee recently approved a member-driven grassroots advocacy campaign to encourage the WI Legislature to provide $10 million in additional funding to boost the state’s Nurse Educators program.
The Wisconsin Nurse Educators program was established two years ago to support nursing education and increase the number of nurses in Wisconsin by providing grants to nurses enrolled full-time in doctor of nursing or mater of nursing programs. Grant recipients must commit to teaching at an approved Wisconsin nursing school for at least three years post-graduation. Providing additional funding for this program is more important than ever, as nursing education programs across the state are struggling to turn out enough graduates to meet the growing demand for nurses in Wisconsin.
Please be on the lookout for a WiHPCA Advocacy Action Alert asking you to contact your state lawmakers and urge them to support $10 million in funding for the Wisconsin Nurse Educators program as part of the state budget bill.