Positioning WiHPCA for Future Legislative Success: Developing Legislative & Regulatory Agenda Key to Advocacy Success

By Hoven Consulting – WiHPCA’s lobbying firm

The 2021-22 legislative session is still underway, providing plenty of opportunities for WiHPCA to engage in the legislative process, build relationship with lawmakers, and ultimately impact legislation of interest to our members.

We have certainly been active in the State Capitol and across Wisconsin state government with our key legislative outreach and advocacy  programs, including in-district constituent meetings with legislators, quarterly meetings with the Division of Quality Assurance at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the direct lobbying of lawmakers on issues important to WiHPCA.

However, due to the current political environment in Wisconsin – which includes split government (Republican-controlled legislature and Democratic governor) and a gubernatorial election in November 2022 – there will be limited legislative activity over the remainder of the current session. With that in mind, and while we certainly need to keep our eye on the ball until the legislature adjourns next spring, WiHPCA must begin to plan for the 2023-24 legislative session, which includes the development of a legislative agenda.

Crafting a legislative agenda serves two specific purposes:

  1. Inform WiHPCA membership on the foremost state legislative and regulatory issues that impact hospice and palliative care in Wisconsin and provide direction on which issues to actively advocate for before the legislature and executive branch.
  2. Provide state lawmakers, the governor’s office, and state agency officials with WiHPCA’s position on key legislative and regulatory topics that will be relevant during the two-year session.

Identifying and prioritizing issues critical to hospice and palliative care is the initial, and the most important step in developing a legislative agenda. By deciding what the most important issues are before the start of 2023-24 legislative session, WiHPCA can determine what resources will be necessary to meet the legislative and regulatory goals of our members.

To best determine WiHPCA’s legislative and regulatory priorities, the WiHPCA Government Affairs Team will be sending out a legislative priorities survey by the end of the year, giving members a tremendous opportunity to provide their input on what issues are most important to them. The information gathered via the survey will be presented to the WiHPCA Legislative Committee and Board and used to identify the association’s top priorities that will make-up association’s 2023-24 legislative agenda.

In addition to the member survey data, WiHPCA leadership will consider the following criteria when finalizing Legislative Agenda priorities: 1.) The benefit to WiHPCA members; 3.) The extent to which it improves hospice and palliative care in Wisconsin; and 3.) The likelihood of legislative/regulatory success.

WiHPCA values its members’ input and encourages everyone to participate in the legislative priorities survey when it is sent out later this year.