Rep. Loudenbeck: Two bills are passed by the Assembly
Madison- Today, two bills drafted by Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) passed the Wisconsin State Assembly with bipartisan support and are now available for scheduling in the state Senate.
Assembly Bill 820, co-authored with Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), modernizes the language of the Mike Johnson Life Care & Early Intervention Services grant to include access to clinical services and lab work related to receiving pre-prophylaxis -exposure (PrEP) for people vulnerable to HIV. PrEP is a drug that significantly reduces the risk of contracting HIV in vulnerable people.
The first “Life Care” grant for HIV and AIDS services began in 1987. It was later renamed the “Mike Johnson Life Care & Early Intervention Services Grant”, in honor of a defender from Milton, Wisconsin, who shared his personal story with the people. of more than 40 states before his death in 2010. The grant was instrumental in helping organizations help Wisconsinites living with HIV by ensuring they have access to medical, dental, mental health and integrated social systems that enable them to live long and healthy lives.
“In the 30 years since the grant program began, significant biomedical advances have been made in the area of HIV prevention. This bill updates the grants program to allow funds to be used to provide access to these advances and also tightens the definition of potential recipients to protect this critical assistance for people at high risk of or living with HIV.” , Loudenbeck said.
Assembly Bill 874, co-authored with Sen. Mary Felzowksi (R-Irma), would require DHS to submit an amendment to the state Medicaid plan to allow Wisconsin EMS providers to participate in additional payment opportunities for public EMS providers and private. If approved by the CMS, these additional payments could help alleviate some of the funding pressure on EMS service providers.
These additional payment opportunities would help minimize typical losses when providing Medicaid-covered services. Enabling Wisconsin emergency medical service providers to participate in these programs will benefit the patients they serve, as better funding can improve access and quality outcomes, ensuring the right care in the right place, at the right time. right time, with the right solutions. It will also benefit taxpayers, as many communities face increased costs of providing essential EMS services and often see these costs increase their property taxes.
Other states have begun using CMS-approved supplemental payment programs for private and public EMS services to effectively pay higher reimbursement rates, without using additional state GPR funding. There is currently no comparable funding mechanism for EMS providers in Wisconsin.
“Emergency service providers across Wisconsin are facing significant funding and staffing challenges. These challenges negatively impact EMS providers in both urban and rural areas,” Loudenbeck said. “There is no one-size-fits-all solution to all of these issues, but this bill is a long-term, sustainable solution that can help begin to address these issues and ensure that the EMS system as a whole is viable and successful for years to come.”