DHS Releases RFP for Managed Care Organizations to Serve Residents of Kenosha & Racine Counties

On June 2, 2011 DHS released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Managed Care Organizations interested in providing the Family Care or Family Care Partnership Programs (managed long-term care options) in the counties of Kenosha and Racine. According to the announcement, entities interested in providing notice of participation in proposers’ conference call is June 9, […]

WALA Sends DHS Secretary Dennis Smith Ideas from WALA Members on How to Reduce Costs to Medicaid

DHS Secretary Smith asked WALA members at the March 24 Spring Conference – as he has in many other forums – to submit ideas on how to cut the $500M Medicaid shortfall. Many of you took this quite seriously and submitted dozens of ideas. We organized, winnowed and synthesized these ideas into the following April […]

State Budget Passed – Attention turns to Medicaid and Family Care Reform

Now that Governor Walker has provided his list of 50 partial vetoes and signed the remainder of the 2011-13 biennial budget bill into law, the attention for stakeholder healthcare and long-term care organizations turns toward the Medicaid and Family Care “reform” process that the Department of Health Services will undertake. This involves both the $466.6 […]

Guide to Collaborating with other Assisted Living Providers

There are some providers who feel unhappy with the way that they are negotiating and being treated by their MCOs. There has been some talk of “banding together.” WALA always encourages collaboration, but the law prohibits collusion among competitors that might interfere with the normal law of supply and demand. To that end, WALA contracted […]

State Budget Process Begins with Governor Walker Introduction of 2011-2013 Biennial Budget

By WALA Lobbyist Forbes McIntosh Wisconsin Governor Walker provided his budget address on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.  The speech and the introduction of the 2011-13 biennial budget to the Legislature marks the beginning of the budget process. View Summary of Budget: “ Budget in Brief” Actual Budget Bill: AB-40 \ SB-27 NEW: DHS Releases Internal Financial Evaluation of Family […]

Governor Walker Introduces Budget Repair Bill

On Friday, February 11, 2011, the Governor released his budget repair bill for the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30, 2011.  According to a letter to Legislators the need for a budget repair bill is based on a projected shortfall in the current fiscal year and over $175 million of cost pressures from […]

Democratic Senators Leave State to Prevent Senate from Taking Action

On Thursday, Feb 17, Democratic Senators left the State of Wisconsin in protest and to delay the Senate from taking action on Governor Walker’s Budget Repair Bill.  State law enforcement has been requested to search for Democratic Senators and bring them to the floor to allow the Senate to begin the floor vote process. The […]

Interview of Wisconsin DHS Secretary Dennis Smith

Now available online is a taped video interview of Wisconsin’s new Department of Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith. The video provides some insight of Secretary Smith’s views and goals with respect to public policy and the funding challenges facing the Medicaid program. The video was taped on Thursday, Feb 3rd, 2011. To view the video […]

Tort Reform Update

Assembly Passage Sends Tort Reform to the Governor The Wisconsin Assembly debated and passed Special Session Senate Bill 1 relating to tort reform. The bill headed to Governor Walker’s desk for final approval, and was published 1-31-2011. http://legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/data/acts/11Act2.pdf Democratic members of the state Assembly offered 20 amendments to the tort reform legislation, which all were […]

Wisconsin Governor Walker State-of-the-State Summary

Read entire speech as prepared here. State Faces Significant Budget Deficits – Little Detail Provided of how Deficits will be Overcome During a declared state of emergency for a winter storm and blizzard in southern Wisconsin, including the capital area, Governor Scott Walker (R) gave his first State-of-the-State speech in the State Capitol before both […]