Lawmakers Hear Support for Hospital Reimbursement Increases at Final Public Hearing

April 30, 2019

Wrapping up its final public hearing of the biennial budget, the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee heard—yet again—from hospital advocates asking the Legislature to support hospital reimbursement increases included in the Governor’s proposed budget.

David Lally, Director of Business Development & Advocacy for Hospital Sisters Health System, testified in front of the committee in support of various provisions in the state budget.

“The Governor’s budget includes significant investments in hospital reimbursement rates—an increase of $365 million over the biennium for Wisconsin hospitals and $69 million for behavioral health provider reimbursement rates,” said Lally. “We ask you to support these increases.”

In total, hospital advocates testified at all four public hearing sites and were joined by more than 100 hospital and health system leaders through letters of support for various elements of the Governor’s budget proposal, including a $58 million additional state commitment to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program.

To contact your local elected official and voice your support for hospital reimbursement rates in the Governor’s budget, please visit the WHA HEAT Action Center.

This story originally appeared in the April 30, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter