The WCAAP believes it is our responsibility, as pediatric health professionals, to speak on behalf of children and help shape public policy to best serve Washington’s families. The Legislative Committee meets by telephone and is open to any interested members. Contact Lelach Rave if you’d like to get involved!
URGENT ACTION NEEDED June 15th and 22nd:
The Senate is considering a health care bill as we speak that could be introduced any day and passed by the fourth of July recess. This bill could jeopardize Medicaid (which currently effectively covers 37 million children – including 1 in 2 children in Washington) and will leave kids and families at risk. Since the process has not been transparent, we don’t yet know the final bill they’re proposing, but what we do know is that Medicaid is in jeopardy, and now is the time to speak out. Use this toolkit for talking points to use when calling the Senate, sample letters to the editor, and sample social media posts.
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Be an Advocate
Visit our Active Issues page to learn about the WCAAP’s current legislative priorities. We provide an overview of our full legislative agenda, and background sheets are available for each issue.Active Issues
- Participation in the Children’s Mental Health Work Group to make recommendations to the legislature
- Ensured payment for developmental and autism screens for children on Medicaid
- Helped create the Washington Vaccine Association
- Pushed for the ban of bisphenol A (BPA) in bottles
- Ensured continuation of the home visiting program
- Established collaborative Community-Based Children’s Wellness Initiative
The WCAAP employs a lobbyist in Olympia to advocate for a child-friendly legislative agenda in our state, and Chapter members frequently testify in Olympia and meet with legislators. We also hold an annual advocacy day to familiarize members with legislators, current legislative priorities and ways to influence the legislative process.
WCAAP members are actively advocating for children outside of Olympia to:
- Promote early literacy through Reach Out and Read
- Ensure safety and health in the early childcare setting
- Provide mental health resources to physicians in remote areas of the state
- Meet with insurance companies so that the needs of children are considered when policies are created
- Support medical students interested in pediatrics and residents training to be the next generation of pediatricians.
AAP has active federal and state advocacy offices which are open to WCAAP members. The staff can help with an editorial or letter to the editor, and provide issue briefs for your own education and for sharing with legislators. There are also national conferences to hone advocacy skills.