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Thursday, April 16, 2020   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Todd Smet
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WALA Continues to Advocate on Your Behalf


This week, the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate went into an extraordinary session to review legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


On April 14th, the Wisconsin Assembly passed Assembly Bill 1038 on a 97-2 vote and today, the Senate passed the bill unanimously, 32-0.  Governor Evers signed Assembly Bill 1038 into law April 15th. 


WALA greatly appreciates the bipartisan support and leadership from Governor Evers, Assembly and Senate leadership, and the many state legislators who made this happen. 


We would like to thank all of the WALA members who took the time to contact your elected officials to outline the concerns and struggles you are facing during this public health crisis.  In addition, we greatly appreciate the bipartisan support and leadership from Governor Evers and members of the Assembly and Senate. 

Some of the provisions of Assembly Bill 1038 include:

  • Temporary suspension of MA provisions to meet conditions for enhanced federal matching percentage: Allows the state to be eligible for approximately $300 million in federal funds over the remainder of the fiscal year, 2019-20..
  • Liability for health service providers: Specifies that any health care professional, health care provider, or employee, agent, or contractor of a health care professional or of a health care provider is immune from civil liability for the death of or injury to any individual or any damages caused by actions or omissions taken in providing services to address, or in response to, the COVID-19 outbreak, if certain conditions are met. The term "health care provider" includes assisted living facilities.
  • Health care provider credentials: Health care provider credentials would not need to be renewed during this public health emergency. Also, temporary credentials could be issued to certain former health care providers and to certain out-of-state health care providers such as a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, or nurse-midwife.
  • SeniorCare coverage of vaccinations: Expands the SeniorCare prescription drug assistance program to include coverage of recommended vaccinations that to certain adults.
  • COVID-19 testing: Requires health plans to provide coverage of testing for COVID-19 without imposing any co-payment or co-insurance.
  • Hours of instructional programming for nurse aides: Prohibits the Department of Health Services from requiring an instructional program for nurse aides (CNAs) in Wisconsin to exceed the federally required minimum total training hours or minimum hours of supervised practical training.  Under this provision, the CNA training requirements in Wisconsin will be set at 75 hours (currently 120 hours).
  • Unemployment: Removes the one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits.



Holly's House AFH says...
Posted Thursday, April 16, 2020
Thank you WALA!

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