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Senate OK's Numerous LTC Bills

Friday, March 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Bass
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The state Senate met March 20 in its last general-business floor period of 2017-18 and signed off on numerous bills, including some impacting seniors and the disabled. They include: 
  • Assembly Bill 625Integrated employment. This bill establishes a number of requirements for certain state agencies to promote competitive integrated employment. (Passed, voice vote)
  • Assembly Bill 627Dental reimbursement pilot.
    This bill expands the dental reimbursement pilot project in the Medical Assistance program into additional counties determined by DHS. This will increase reimbursement rates for dental services in those counties, with the aim of increasing access to dental care for MA recipients. (Passed, voice vote)
  • Assembly Bill 629Uniform adult guardianship jurisdiction.  This bill incorporates the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act into Wisconsin law with some modifications. Generally, the bill addresses court jurisdiction for guardianships of adults. (Passed, voice vote)
  • Assembly Bill 632Alzheimer's awareness grants. This bill requires the Department of Health Services to award up to $500,000 in grants to increase awareness of Alzheimer's disease and dementia in rural and underserved urban areas. (Passed, 32-0)
  • Assembly Bill 655Decision-making agreements
    This bill allows an adult with a functional impairment to create a supported decision-making agreement to allow another person to assist the adult with certain decision-making by providing assistance in certain areas. 
    The bill provides immunity for persons under certain circumstances, including a person whose act or failure to act is done in good faith and in reliance on a supported decision-making agreement, although this does not include immunity for actions that are negligent or reckless. The existence or availability of a supported decision-making agreement does not relieve a health care provider of any legal obligation to provide services to individuals with disabilities. (Passed, voice vote)
  • Assembly Bill 819Individuals with disabilities employment. This bill requires the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities to develop a program to provide coaching for the hiring of individuals with disabilities and requires BPDD to request proposals from those businesses, schools, care management organizations, consultant agencies, and employment services providers to participate in a coaching program for the hiring of individuals with disabilities. (Passed, 32-0)

Any bills that have not passed both the Senate and Assembly after Tuesday will be dead for this legislative session and will need to be reintroduced in 2019. Some of these include:
  • Assembly Bill 628Silver alert referral. This bill requires a law enforcement agency that has issued an alert for a missing adult at risk, commonly known as a "Silver Alert," to refer the person making the report and any guardian of the missing person to a local aging and disability resource center. If the subject of such an alert was driving a vehicle when he or she was reported missing, this bill also requires the law enforcement agency to notify the Department of Transportation. If DOT receives such a notification, DOT must review the driver's license of the person to determine if restrictions should be imposed on the person's license for the safety of the person or the public.
  • Assembly Bill 630Dementia specialist certification. The bill would prohibit people from using the term "dementia specialist' without obtaining a certification. Under adopted amendments, relevant training or experience could be allowed in lieu of participation in an instructional program to allow for certification. 

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