MADISON — Following votes in the Wisconsin State Assembly and Wisconsin State Senate, three bills co-authored by Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) are heading to the governor’s desk to the final action.
Senate Bill 673, which received votes in both chambers, is co-authored with Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green). It creates a Geographic Information System (GIS) grant program to help counties with the costs of data preparation, data collection, data creation, Geographic Information System staff, contracts preparation and data collection and training. Local governments will need to prepare and improve their GIS data in order to meet the technical requirements to activate Next Generation 911, or NG-911.
NG-911 is a digital or Internet Protocol (IP)-based 911 system, which is a major upgrade from the original analog technology on which most 911 systems were built and, in many cases, still used today. Once upgraded, the NG-911 will allow Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) to easily transfer calls to other call centers, re-route calls in case a PSAP experiences call overload , increase data sharing by receiving photos and videos and help with more precise location. detection.
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Implementation of NG-911 depends on the development and maintenance of GIS data, including street centerlines, address points, and emergency response boundaries. Standardized geospatial data is a critical component of NG-911, helping to accurately locate 911 calls and efficiently route responders through dispatch.
“In Wisconsin, work is well underway to upgrade the current 911 system to NG-911. During the 2021-2023 budget process, we continued to invest in NG-911 infrastructure at the state level, and the passage of this bill will continue to help local government units move from forward with upgrading their 911 infrastructure to ensure a reliable 911 system across the state. said Loudenbeck.
Senate Bill 491, co-authored with Sen. Kathy Bernier (R-Lake Hallie), changes the payment structure for subsidized guardianship placements by having the state pay for the program instead of individual counties.
“Guardianship is one of three legal permanency options for out-of-home children, along with reunification and adoption,” Loudenbeck said. “A subsidized guardian is responsible for the child and able to consent to the child’s day-to-day events such as school activities, health care needs, and family vacations.”
Under Subsidized Guardianship, it is possible for a parent, relative or adoptive parent – under certain circumstances – to become the permanent legal guardian and receive a monthly payment. The payment amount is based on the foster care rate setting policy. The rate can be equal to or lower than the final foster care payment for the child, but it cannot be higher. Payments generally continue until a child turns 18 and the child continues to have medical coverage through Medicaid (Title XIX).
Assembly Bill 679, co-authored with Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) removes the sunset provision created in 2021 Wisconsin Act 10, which was the Covid relief bill, to allow hospitals to apply for federal Medicare reimbursement for certain services provided in a home setting. The current law ended the program on January 1.
In recent sessions, the Legislative Assembly has worked with stakeholders across the health care industry to improve access to quality health care by increasing opportunities for innovative and cost-effective programs. By allowing this innovative program to continue, these regulatory flexibilities will create additional capacity options and allow hospitals to provide high-quality care in a patient’s home before they are discharged from an impatient ward.
“Now more than ever, technology and innovation have proven to be a vital lifeline for Wisconsin residents seeking quality healthcare options that meet their needs. Delivering the right care, at the right time, right place is a good focus for policymakers and healthcare providers; COVID has really underscored how important it is for us to work together to advance new and cutting-edge ideas,” said Loudenbeck.