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Track issues the Wisconsin Medical Society is following during the current biennium below. Click here if you wish to view legislation of importance to the Society in past budget years.

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Access


Assembly Bill 69 and Senate Bill 84
(Society position updated Feb. 6, 2018 from “opposed” to “neutral.”)
Relating to: access to investigational drugs, devices, and biological products and limitations on liability related to their use. Read more.

Assembly Bill 206 and Senate Bill 154
Relating to: prohibiting performance of and funding or providing property for abortions and other services by certain employees and entities. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 462 and Senate Bill 381
Relating to: complex rehabilitation technology for complex needs patients in the Medical Assistance program and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 529 and Senate Bill 452
Relating to: requirements for certain services covered under the Medical Assistance program. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 753 and Senate Bill 642
Relating to: requiring coverage of dispensing of an extended supply of contraceptives. Read more.

Assembly Bill 798 and Senate Bill 670
Relating to: direct primary care program for Medical Assistance recipients and direct primary care agreements. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 871 and Senate Bill 742
Relating to: intensive care coordination program in the Medical Assistance program. (FE) Read more.

Ethical/Judicial


Assembly Bill 863
Relating to: video recording of surgical procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and providing penalties. (FE) Read more.

Insurance


Assembly Bill 128 and Senate Bill 81
Relating to: prohibiting the group insurance board from contracting for or providing abortion services. Read more.

Assembly Bill 876 and Senate Bill 771
Relating to: coverage of prescription eye drop refills. Read more.

Assembly Bill 877
Relating to: disclosures to the commissioner of insurance and other changes to the insurance laws, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule-making procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 885 and Senate Bill 770
Relating to: Wisconsin Healthcare Stability Plan, reinsurance of health carriers, reallocating savings from health insurer fee, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making appropriations. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 920
Relating to: employer groups for self-funded health care coverage. Read more.

January 2018 Special Session
Assembly Bill 9 and Senate Bill 9 Read more.

Legal/Legislative


Assembly Bill 275 and Senate Bill 202
Relating to: the prohibition against adults knowingly permitting or failing to take action to prevent the illegal consumption of alcohol beverages by underage persons. Read more.

Assembly Bill 864 and Senate Bill 678
Relating to: providing complementary and alternative health care practitioners with exemptions from practice protection laws, requirements and prohibitions for individuals who provide complementary and alternative health care services, and providing a penalty. (FE) Read more.

Public Health


January 2017 Special Session
Assembly and Senate Bills 1-11 (The Society has no position on AB 10 or SB 10) Read more.

Assembly Bill 49 and Senate Bill 10
Relating to: definition of tetrahydrocannabinols and the use of cannabidiol. Read more.

Assembly Bill 78 and Senate Bill 48
Relating to: lead service line replacements. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 96 and Senate Bill 209
Relating to: supply and use of epinephrine auto-injectors by certain authorized individuals. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 125 and Senate Bill 116
Relating to: prescription order extensions for when a refill authorization cannot be obtained. Read more.

Assembly Bill 260 and Senate Bill 232
Relating to: physical examinations conducted by chiropractors; performance of medical examinations by chiropractors for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; chiropractic acupuncture and chiropractic dry needling; delegation of certain services by a chiropractor; modifying various administrative rules promulgated by the Chiropractic Examining Board; and granting rule-making authority. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 293 and Senate Bill 242
Relating to: communicable disease control and prevention funding. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 247 and Senate Bill 169
Relating to: going armed with a firearm and electric weapons, licenses for carrying a concealed weapon, trespassing while armed with a firearm, and providing criminal penalties. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 335 and Senate Bill 262
Relating to: fentanyl analogs and providing a criminal penalty. Read more.

Assembly Bill 225 and Senate Bill 307
Relating to: placement of cigarettes, nicotine products, or tobacco products by retailers and providing a penalty. Read more.

Assembly Bill 538 and Senate Bill 445
Relating to: transfer for emergency detention and warning of dangerousness. Read more.

Assembly Bill 638 and Senate Bill 535
Relating to: an advisory council on pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. Read more.

Assembly Bill 653 and Senate Bill 543
Relating to: requiring facilities that perform mammography examinations to provide notice to certain patients regarding dense breast tissue and granting rule-making authority. Read more.

Assembly Bill 680 and Senate Bill 576
Relating to: pharmacists and pharmacy students administering vaccines. Read more.

Assembly Bill 681 and Senate Bill 587
Relating to: prohibiting the sale of dextromethorphan without a prescription to persons under 18 and providing a penalty. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 907 and Senate Bill 767
Relating to: continuing education in prescribing controlled substances for certain health care practitioners; maintenance and detoxification treatment provided by physician assistants and advanced practice nurse prescribers; requiring school boards to provide instruction about drug abuse awareness and prevention; graduate training of psychiatric nurses; training materials for social services workers handling substance abuse-related cases; substance abuse counseling and modifying and creating administrative rules related to substance abuse counseling; granting rule-making authority; and making appropriations. (FE) Read more.

Other


Assembly Bill 308 and Senate Bill 235
Relating to: the composition of the Council on Worker’s Compensation. Read more.

Assembly Bill 371 and Senate Bill 287
Relating to: various changes to birth defect prevention and surveillance system. Read more.

Assembly Bill 500 and Senate Bill 417
Relating to: ratification of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, and providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 541 and Senate Bill 449
Relating to: funding for Reach Out and Read Wisconsin and making an appropriation. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 556
Relating to: creating an individual income tax deduction for certain income earned by an individual from the practice of psychiatry. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 568 and Senate Bill 497
Relating to: advanced practice registered nurses and granting rule-making authority. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 598
Relating to: eligibility for physician, dentist, and health care provider educational loan assistance programs. (FE) Read more.

Senate Bill 575
Relating to: the treatment of biological products for various purposes under the pharmacy practice law. Read more.

Assembly Bill 763 and Senate Bill 643
Relating to: the practice of psychology, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority. Read more.

Assembly Bill 766
Relating to: the practice of psychology, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority. Read more.

Senate Bill 665
Relating to: various changes to the worker’s compensation law, modifying administrative rules related to worker’s compensation, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 633 and Senate Bill 548
Relating to: establishing a palliative care council. (FE) Read more.

 

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

Controlled Substances Board (CSB):

  • Additions to schedules in chapter 961.
  • Prescription drug monitoring program.
  • Removing [123I]ioflupane as a controlled substance.

 
Medical Examining Board (Med)

  • Continuing medical education for prescribing opioids
  • Telemedicine

 

Budget Bill Subjects

When the Budget Bill is introduced in the legislature, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau assigns subject areas to the bill on which the Lobbying Principals report interests. The Society has reported an interest in the subject areas:

  • Administration: General Agency Provisions
  • Administration: Transfers
  • Budget Management and Compensation Reserves
  • Corrections: Adult Corrections
  • General Fund Taxes: Income and Franchise Taxes
  • Health Services: Medicaid Services
  • Health Services: Mental Health, Public Health, and Other Programs
  • Justice
  • Labor and Industry Review Commission
  • Revenue: Tax Administration
  • Safety and Professional Services: Departmentwide
  • Safety and Professional Services: Regulation of Professions
  • Transportation: Motor Vehicles
  • University of Wisconsin System
  • Workforce Development: Other Programs

 

Topics Not Yet Assigned a Bill or Rule Number

  • Support for nomination of David Bryce, MD, to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board
  • Support for nomination of Lee Ann Lau, MD, to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.
  • Development of an ACA section 1332 waiver – OCI.
  • Support for nomination of Robert L. Zoeller, MD, to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.
  • Support for nomination of Timothy Westlake, MD, to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.
  • Support for nomination of David Roelke, MD, to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.
  • Support for nomination of Rodney Erickson, MD, to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.
  • Support for nomination of Alaa A. Abd-Eslayed, MD, to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.
  • Health Insurance Network Adequacy
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Maintenance of Certification
  • Support for nomination of Padmaja Doniparthi, MD to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.
  • Support for nomination of Linda J. Seemeyer as Secretary of Department of Health Services.
  • “Right to Try” experimental drugs
  • CBD oil
  • Nursing practice act & related rules
  • Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse