Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point), a member of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), met with local hospital leaders at Ministry St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point to discuss Medicaid funding. Shankland also serves as the Assistant Minority Leader for Democrats in the State Assembly.
During their meeting, participants discussed the need to address in the state budget bill inadequate Medicaid reimbursements. Those reimbursements resulted in over $1 billion statewide that went unpaid to Wisconsin hospitals for treating Medicaid patients. Hospital leaders highlighted the importance of increasing funding to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program, one of the smallest Medicaid DSH programs in the country, among other Medicaid funding improvements.
The JFC completed its round of public hearings on the state budget and has now begun the task of voting provision-by-provision on the items in the biennial budget bill. This process is expected to continue through the month of May.