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AHCA Medicaid Funding Disparity For Wisconsin: $36.9 Billion Less

New report shows nonexpansion states at significant funding disadvantage

A new report released this week documents significant funding disparities between Medicaid so-called “expansion” states when compared to “nonexpansion” states over the next decade under the current version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The 19 states that opted out of the Affordable Care Act’s full expansion for Medicaid, including Wisconsin, will receive $680 billion less than expansion states. Wisconsin’s portion of that total is estimated at almost $37 billion over 10 years.

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WHA: U.S. Senate Health Care Bill Falls Far Short
Wisconsin’s Sen. Johnson one of four who will not support the bill at this time

The U.S. Senate released its long-awaited Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement legislation, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, on June 22. Based on WHA’s ongoing review, the bill falls far short of protecting Wisconsin’s core issues of maintaining access to affordable health care coverage, stabilizing the insurance market and safeguarding Wisconsin’s Medicaid program. In fact, in most respects the bill puts Wisconsin in an even worse situation than the bill passed May 4 by the U.S. House of Representatives.

“It is a complex bill and our review is ongoing, but in the 24-plus hours since its release, a pretty clear and troubling picture is emerging, especially for non-Medicaid expansion states, and particularly Wisconsin,” according to WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding. “There is a lot at stake for Wisconsin in this bill, not the least of which is billions in lost federal Medicaid funding by perpetuating inequities among states.”  (Read more...)

New Resource Connects Job Seekers with Health Careers

WHA collaborates with DWD to develop online content
featuring employers, job openings

WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding joined Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen, Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Linda Seemeyer and Stoughton Hospital President/CEO Terry Brenny June 5 to announce the new health care industry page on Wisconsin’s online public labor exchange, JobCenterofWisconsin.com.

The new page, developed by DWD in collaboration with WHA and other health care industry partners, is a one-stop online resource for information about health care careers, training resources, featured employers, current opportunities, high-growth occupations and other information about Wisconsin’s critical health care industry. (Read more...)

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By the Numbers:

General med-surg hospitals:  129
Critical access hospitals:58
LT acute care hospitals: 6
Psychiatric hospitals: 10
Inpatient days (2014): 2,600,153
Outpatient days (2014): 18,211,447

 Wisconsin hospitals employ more than 100,000 people and generate nearly
$30 billion in economic activity.

 

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This Week's Priorities

ACA Replacement: The U.S. Senate released its ACA replacement legislation on June 22. (Read more)

Post-Acute Care: Care transitions have the potential to present many problems for patients...(Read more)

Dental Legislation: AB146 was signed into law June 21. It expands the settings in which dental hygienists are allowed to provide preventive oral health care and education. (Read more)

 

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The WHA Job Bulletin provides member hospitals a venue where they can post vacancies on-line as a no cost benefit of membership.

 

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