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Issues and Initiatives

Advocacy represents the strategies devised, actions taken, and solutions proposed to influence decision-making at the local, state, and federal level to create positive change for people and their environment.

Sometimes the most difficult part of advocacy is just knowing where to start. Everyone needs to be involved and a single voice is a powerful tool. Being a successful advocate requires more than the occasional phone call or letter. Your legislators and policy makers are real people so work to create a lasting relationship with them. 

It only takes one person to initiate change and everyone has the ability to impact how a legislator feels about an issue. It takes just a few moments to have meaningful interaction with an elected official and to begin to build a long-lasting rapport with that person and their office staff.

The following are GWAAR's advocacy issues and initiatives.

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2017-2019 State Budget Summary to Advocates in Aging
2014-2015 GWAAR Legislative Platform and Policy Priorities January 2015
Aging and Disability Network Advocacy Alert: Protect SHIP Funding Aug. 24, 2017
Impact of Sequestration
August 2013
GWAAR/WAAN Advocacy Alert: Protect SCSEP Funding Aug. 24, 2017
JFC 2017-2019 State Budget

Legislative Alert: U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Proposal Cuts SCSEP Funding
June 2016
Legislative Alert: U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Proposed Elimination of SHIP
June 2016
Testimony on Alzheimer's and Dementia Nov. 2015

Elderly Nutrition Program

Administration for Community Living Older Americans Act Nutrition Program Fact Sheet

Family Care Redesign

Adult Long-Term Care System July 2016
Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee Testimony Re: LTC Redesign Changes
Nov. 2015
GWAAR Comments on DHS's Family Care and IRIS 2.0 Concept Plan

The Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition is made up of aging and disability advocates, managed care organizations, aging and disability resource centers, county government, and long-term care providers.

SeniorCare Prescription Drug Program

WAAN SeniorCare Issue Brief July 2016


2015-2017 Budget Transportation and Mobility Informational Testimony
Filing a Complaint About Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Jan. 2016
GWAAR Letter to Sen. Petrowski Re: SB480 - Driver Licensing for People Over 75

Specialized Transportation White Paper
Jan. 2014
Testimony on Audit Report 15-4 Non Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Sept. 2015
      Janet Zander | Carrie Porter

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