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State Legislature nears finish line for biennium

The State Legislature will likely finish its regular business this week for the 2017-2018 biennium, with the State Senate having met Tuesday and the State Assembly meeting today in Madison. It is expected that today’s Assembly actions on a school safety package, along with about a handful of other high-profile bills (the Assembly is still meeting as of press time), will close the book on this session and signal the imminent opening of the 2018 election season.

Tuesday’s State Senate agenda was lengthy, and included five bills the Society has supported this session:

  • Assembly Bill 681—prohibits the sale of dextromethorphan without a prescription to minors.
  • Assembly Bill 766—allows visiting team physicians to take care of their athletes while in Wisconsin without needing a Wisconsin license to practice medicine.
  • Assembly Bill 871—provides incentives for health care systems to provide intensive care coordination programs in the Medicaid program to help improve emergency department use.
  • Assembly Bill 876—requires insurance companies to cover early refills of prescription eye drops.
  • Assembly Bill 907 (one of the two latest Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education [HOPE] Agenda bills)—requires certain state regulatory boards such as the Medical Examining Board to report their efforts to help fight Wisconsin’s opioid epidemic.

Each of these bills overwhelmingly passed both legislative houses and are now on their way to Gov. Scott Walker for final action. He is expected to sign all five into law.

Stay tuned to a future edition of Medigram for a full summary of the Society’s efforts during the 2017-2018 state legislative biennium. Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government Relations Department for more information.

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