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Government Relations

The Department of Government Relations is the legislative advocate for children’s health at Children's Mercy Hospital. We formulate legislative policy on the local, state and national level to protect and promote the highest level of pediatric health care for the children and families we serve.

Public policy strategic goals


  • Maintain, enhance and develop public reimbursement models that provide appropriate compensation for value delivered

  • Facilitate innovative solutions for public policy challenges

  • Communicate value to public officials, regional and national partners, and the local community

  • Advocate for children’s health using the findings of Children’s Mercy’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to drive our advocacy agenda

Contact Us

Genny Nicholas
Vice President of Government Relations

Dallas Polen
Chief of Public Policy Strategy

Stephanie Seger
Senior Manager of Government Relations

Patty Walsh
Executive Secretary to the Vice President & Discover Children's Mercy Program Manager


Medicaid is a joint program with costs shared by both the federal and state governments. It is the single largest insurer for children, serving millions of low-income children and children with special health care needs. Medicaid covers 32 million children nationwide. 163,000 children are covered by Medicaid in Kansas and 414,000 children are covered by Medicaid in Missouri. The Medicaid program is extremely important to Children’s Mercy as approximately 50% of our patient population is covered by Medicaid.

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