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PA Day at the Capitol

Register at the link below for a wonderful day of Advocating for YOUR profession with your fellow PAs!!
As we receive names and home mailing addresses of those who can participate our lobbyist group will work hard to set up personal meetings with YOUR representatives! Prior to going to the Capitol that morning we will provide training on how to talk to your legislators and provide you with printed resources and instructions--you will not be alone! We will then go to the Capitol in mass and set up in the Rotunda as folks go/come back from meetings throughout the afternoon! An awesome experience--come join us!

Tentative Schedule:
11-11:30 – Registration
11:30 – 12:45 – Lunch and Legislative Briefing
12:45 – Head to the Capitol (picture and then meetings)
1:00 – 3:00 – Legislative visits

2020 WAPA Spring Conference - Abstract Submission Open

You are invited to engage, enrich and explore with WAPA this spring! The CME Committee is pleased to present a newly expanded program, offering up to 22 CME credits!

Abstract/poster submissions now open! Learn more and submit by March 1.

Learn more about what's available and register for spring conference workshops here.

Do your patients know about HealthCheck? This Medicaid benefit helps children and young adults stay healthy.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services would like your help to spread the word about HealthCheck—a valuable preventive Medicaid health care benefit for children and young adults through age 20. Many families and some providers are unaware that HealthCheck covers in-depth exams and specialized services or products to address medical, dental, vision, and hearing needs. It can even provide coverage for services not usually covered by Wisconsin Medicaid. The goal of HealthCheck is to prevent illnesses and find and treat issues early.

Help members and providers learn more about this valuable benefit with these resources.

Advocacy Central
Wisconsin Legislative Updates

Cares Bill

Reps. VanderMeer (R-Tomah), Edming (R-Glen Flora) & Considine (D-Baraboo) and Sens. Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls), Sen. Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) & Hansen (D-Green Bay) have authored our CARES bill. The Senate bill has been introduced as Senate Bill 515 and referred to the Senate Committee on Elections, Ethics & Rural Issues. The Assembly bill has been introduced as Assembly Bill 575 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform.

The Senate Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 515 on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Here is our current list of supporters (and we continue to actively seek the support of other organizations):

  • Americans for Prosperity
  • Aurora Health Care
  • Concordia University
  • Grant Regional Health Center
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System
  • Northlakes Community Clinic
  • Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
  • Quad/Graphics
  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewas
  • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
  • Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association
  • Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
  • WPS Health Insurance

Our opponents remain the Wisconsin Medical Society and the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians.

SB 515/AB 575

Cosponsor memo

Dental Therapists Assembly Hearing Held

Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) and Sen. David Craig (R-Big Bend) have introduced legislation (SB 89/AB 81) that would create a new license under the Dental Examining Board for "dental therapists," an intermediate level of dentistry practice between hygienists and dentists. Dental therapists would perform certain services under the general supervision of a dentist with a collaborative management agreement. The dentist need not be present for the dental therapist to practice. A single dentist may have collaborative agreements with no more than five dental therapists at a time.

Similar legislation failed to pass last session, due primarily to opposition from the Wisconsin Dental Association.

The Senate Committee on Health & Human Services held a public hearing on the bill on Aug. 21. An Assembly hearing on the bill was held on Dec. 18.

Despite such broad support, due to opposition from the Wisconsin Dental Association, the legislation appears stalled. The Assembly committee chairperson has already stated the legislation is unlikely to advance unless a compromise is struck with the Wisconsin Dental Association.

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Message from the President

A Different Kind of Resolution

With the New Year often comes resolutions.  These might include a decision to lose weight, exercise more, eat a healthier diet, or quit smoking.  All are certainly worthy causes that will lead to individual improvements.  And as you work toward your goals, WAPA would like you to consider a resolution of a different sort: one that improves your profession through the AAPA House of Delegates.

In May of 2020, the AAPA House of Delegates will meet in Nashville to discuss and vote on resolutions that are brought forward by state constituent organizations.  In recent years, your Wisconsin Delegation has been responsible for resolutions to move forward with title change and to increase in CME for precepting.  This year is another opportunity for your Delegation to represent the PAs of Wisconsin. What would you like to see us do? Please email your ideas to 

Respectfully submitted,

Julie Doyle, PA-C
WAPA President

Call for Nominees: 2020 Board & HOD Elections
Nominations are now open for the WAPA Board and HOD Election!
A message from our president-elect.

The WAPA election season is upon us. This year the positions of President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Eastern Region Director and 6 members for the AAPA House of Delegates are open for nomination. President-Elect is a three-year, successive position (year one is President-Elect, year two is President, year 3 is Immediate Past President). The Eastern Regional Director and Secretary/Treasurer positions each have a two-year term length. HOD directors will serve in the House of Delegates in 2021 in Philadelphia.

It’s hard to believe it has been almost a year since I self-nominated for the position of President-Elect. I ran for the position because I thought I could make a difference helping get the CARES Act through the legislature and passed. WAPA needs more members to step up and carry forward with policy and advocacy. If you have been on the fence about whether to run, I encourage you to step over the fence and enter your self-nomination.

The deadline to nominate is Monday, February 3. Learn more and submit a nomination here.

Respectfully submitted,

Roger Lovelace, PA-C
WAPA President-Elect

For the PA Today
Submit your ideas for 2020 HOD resolutions!
The AAPA HOD is the body that decides the national direction of OUR profession. Together, we can usher in a new era of WAPA representation by focusing on educating our members about the issues the HOD will consider and soliciting YOUR input prior to voting. Representation at the HOD is the most impactful way that the average PA can influence changes at the national level. Help represent Wisconsin in this national forum. Contact Tara Streit Chief Delegate, with your suggestions. The 2020 HOD meeting is May 15-17 in Nashville.
Upcoming Events
February 5, 2020
Wisconsin State Capitol

Please plan now to join us for a day advocating for PA Practice in our State!! The time to modernize is NOW and we will arrange for you to meet with your legislators!!

8th Annual Acute Care of the Complex Hospitalized Patient for NPs & PAs
February 12-15, 2020
The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Arizona

As hospital care models continue to evolve; NPs and PAs are playing an increasingly vital role in the care delivery of hospitalized patients. This conference focuses on providing the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines and treatment pathways necessary to optimally care for hospitalized patients. The course covers topics in critical care, hospital general medicine, surgery, neurology, hematology, cardiology, psychology, pain management and other medical subspecialties and features multiple options for skills workshops to further tailor the educational needs of NPs and PAs.
2020 Spring CME Conference: Engage, Enrich, Explore
April 1-3, 2020
Concourse Hotel & Governor's Club, Madison, WI

Earn up to 22 credits of valuable hands-on learning relevant to primary and acute care topics, along with hands-on workshops, an array of session tracks and valuable networking opportunities.
Top Jobs from the WAPA Career Center
Looking for ways to get your job opening noticed? Head on over to the WAPA Career Center to advertise your positions with WAPA members. Members can search this job board for free.

Physician Assistant- Orthopedics
Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay, WI

Advanced Practitioner-Emergency Medicine
Madison Emergency Physicians, Madison, WI
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