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A History of Advocacy

Gillette Children’s was founded because of the advocacy of Dr. Arthur Gillette and Jessie Haskins. And 125 years later, we continue to build on this legacy, as we know that decisions made by policymakers can have a real-life impact on our patients and their families. That is why our team works every day to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our patients. We do this through advocacy to influence public policy and through active community engagement. We work closely with organizations and policymakers on the local, state, national, and international level to advocate for patients with brain, bone, and movement disorders.


Gillette State Priorities for 2023 Legislative Session


    *Check back soon for 2024 priorities.


    Gillette Federal Priorities

    Questions about federal priorities or how to get involved? Contact Andrea Stoesz, director of external affairs,

    We support legislation which would direct the Center for Disease Control to establish a research program to support research on the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation, health care costs, and societal costs of cerebral palsy and track the number of people diagnosed with CP in the United States.

    Gillette supports legislation which expands access to genetic and genomic testing through the new authorities granted to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS).

    Eliminating Eligibility Redetermination for Individuals with Disabilities:

    We support eliminating Medicaid renewal requirements for individuals with lifelong disabilities.

    Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DHS) serve a significantly disproportionate number of low-income patients and receive payments from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to cover the costs of providing care to uninsured patients. Gillette is a disproportionate share hospital. Under current law, Medicaid DSH reductions are scheduled to occur from the fiscal years 2024 – 2027. The aggregate reductions to the Medicaid DSH allotments are $8 billion per year. Gillette is advocating against cuts.