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CARES Act Updates & How You Can Help Pass This Historic Bill

Monday, January 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Blake Manz
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WAPA continues to work closely with bipartisan sponsors in the Senate and Assembly to advance the Collaboration and Rural Expansion of Services (CARES) Act (SB 515 and AB 575) for consideration by the 2019-2020 Wisconsin Legislature.

Committee hearings and votes are continuing in the Legislature, though at a slower pace as the holidays approach. After November floor sessions earlier this month, indications are each house will only meet three to four times before adjourning in March (if not earlier). Reps. VanderMeer (R-Tomah), Edming (R-Glen Flora) & Considine (D-Baraboo) and Sens. Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls), Sen. Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) & Hansen (D-Green Bay) have authored our CARES bill. The Senate bill has been introduced as Senate Bill 515 and referred to the Senate Committee on Elections, Ethics & Rural Issues. The Assembly bill has been introduced as Assembly Bill 575 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform.

We are working with our authors to get committee hearings on our bill scheduled.

We have also continued our outreach to other organizations, soliciting their support.

Here is our current list of supporters (and we continue to actively seek the support of other organizations):
  • Aurora Health Care
  • Concordia University
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • Quad/Graphics
  • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
  • Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association
  • Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
  • WPS Health Insurance

Our opponents remain the Wisconsin Medical Society and the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians.

You can help. Please visit to send a message to your representatives and encourage everyone you know to do so as well.

Here are more tools you may find helpful as you advocate for us:

All eyes are on Wisconsin and we need every PA to join the movement. Please visit and petition your representative to support us TODAY.