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Governor Signs Bill on Coaching Program for Hiring People with Disabilities

Wednesday, April 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Bass
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From Forbes McIntosh, Government Policy Solutions, WALA Lobbyist


Gov. Scott Walker signed more than 90 bills into law last week, with more than a dozen of those related to health care.

The bills that he signed this week included:

Dental reimbursement pilot - MA

Assembly Bill 627 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. 

Decision-making agreements

Assembly Bill 655 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. 

Talent attraction

Assembly Bill 811 allocates $6.8 million to recruit more workers to Wisconsin. The bill directs the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to collaborate with state agencies to develop and implement initiatives for the attraction of talent to and retention of talent in Wisconsin - including a marketing campaign.

Individuals with disabilities employment

Assembly Bill 819 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. 
Intensive care coordination

Assembly Bill 871 requires the Department of Health Services (DHS) to create a program to reimburse hospitals and health care systems for intensive care coordination services provided to Medical Assistance (MA) recipients. The goal of this legislation is to reduce the emergency room admissions for MA recipients and instead have more preventative care by primary health care providers.

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