Wisconsin WIC Assocation 
Summer 2019 Newsletter

Have you registered? Inspiring Families and Empowering Change

Join us on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 at Chula Vista in Wisconsin Dells for a fantastic opportunity to gain knowledge and build skills to inspire your families and empower change! Registration is now open and a block of rooms is available, click here to register! To reserve a room call 1-844-258-5513. Booking ID H15489. (Fit Families and/or WIC funds can be used). 

Congratulations to our new Board Members!

This past summer WWA members voted on a new At-Large Board Member Representative and a new Southern Regional Board Member was also elected. Please welcome Camen Haessig, of Wood County as the Southern Regional Rep. and Aryn DeGrave, of the City of Milwaukee as the At Large Board Member. We welcome you and look forward to the future of WIC and WWA with your leadership skills!

Have you been interested in becoming a WWA member? Well, you're in luck as we have had one opening for an At-Large Representative. If interested please reach out to Kara Kerrigan, WWA Chair at kara.kerrigan@fdlco.wi.gov by October 1st.

Did you know?
The State WIC program pays for all Wisconsin WIC Projects to be NWA members! Click here to see all of the benefits of being an NWA member! Don't forget to sign up for their Monday Morning Report (MMR) and check out volunteer opportunities!
NWA Monday Morning Report
Updates on Public Charge

Final Public Charge Rule Issued
The final rule on public charge expands an immigration law provision that penalizes legal immigrants from accessing certain public benefit programs. Under the final rule, an individual’s use of SNAP, Medicaid, or housing subsidies would weigh against their petition for legal status. These changes will not go into effect until mid-October.

NWA and a number of frontline WIC clinic staff from across the country weighed in during the public comment period in fall 2018, which generated over 266,000 individual comments. As a result of this advocacy, WIC is not included in the public charge rule. It should also be noted that the final rule exempts consideration of Medicaid for pregnant women, up to 60 days after delivery.

Despite these exclusions, the final rule will only exacerbate the significant chilling effect that WIC clinics have witnessed for the past three years, as immigrant and mixed-status families shun federal programs out of fear. NWA has spoken out against the final public charge rule. NWA will also be revising its resources for WIC clinics in the coming days.

For additional information about the final public charge rule and how it is affecting nutrition assistance, please register for this webinar on Wednesday, featuring experts from NWA, FRAC, and Feeding America.

WIC Testimonials on theWIChub.org

Looking for a quote from a WIC participant, staff, or vendor? Our WIC Voices page on the WIC hub has testimonials from every state on a range of topics. You can use the search bar to find testimonials from your state or involving a specific phrase or topic.

Do you have a testimonial you would like to have featured on this page? Send it to us, or submit it at the top of the WIC Voices page.

Please contact hub@nwica.org for any Hub related questions. 

The Wisconsin WIC Association aims to be transparent for our WWA members with our finances and spending. To see a recap of our 2018 Profit & Loss statement, click here
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