Wisconsin Legislature Needs to Approve Medicaid Changes Now!
While other states are moving quickly to make Medicaid a stronger tool for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin is being held back by our State Legislature.
Governor Evers and the Department of Health Services have put forth a comprehensive proposal ready to submit to our federal leaders to strengthen the ability of health care providers in our state to use Medicaid in the fight against the virus and would make Wisconsin eligible for an increase in federal Medicaid funding authorized by Congress. They just need the State Legislature to convene and approve.
CMS has already approved three dozen proposals from both "red" and "blue" states allowing increased flexibility to cope with COVID-19. Many of the waivers temporarily lift prior authorization requirements, permit use of alternative care settings and ease provider enrollment requirements to facilitate beneficiaries’ access to care, and relax timelines for fair hearings and other requirements.
Governor Evers' proposal includes important improvements to public health and private health insurance. The clock is ticking and our State Legislator need to act now to help Wisconsin respond to the COVID-19 crisis.