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MHLC supporters attend Advocacy Day
Attending the Wisconsin Hospital Associations Advocacy Day event March 21 were Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County CEO Julie Chikowski, chief operating officer Kathy Kuepers and chief nursing officer Terri Vieth. (Photo supplied)
MADISON - People associated with Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County participated in the Wisconsin Hospital Association's Advocacy Day event March 21. Advocacy Day is an annual event that connects hospital supporters from across the state with their legislators in Madison so lawmakers can learn how issues impact local hospitals and communities.

MHLC provided information to legislators on key health care issues like Medicaid funding so they will know how their decisions impact the community's hospital.

The crowd of over 1,000 hospital leaders, employees, trustees and volunteers heard from the bipartisan state legislative panel of state Sens. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, and Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, and state Reps. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin and Debra Kolste, D-Janesville.

Advocacy Day attendees also heard from morning keynote speaker Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch provided luncheon keynote remarks and touted Wisconsin's high-quality health care.

Over 600 attendees spent time in the afternoon meeting with elected officials in the state Capitol. Attendees urged legislators to improve the state's Medicaid reimbursement for hospitals and continue efforts to strengthen Wisconsin's health care workforce. Advocates made legislators aware of the role hospitals play in communities across the state and how the legislature can support those efforts through the policies it enacts.