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Legislative Updates - 5-14-2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Blake Manz
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CARES Bill – Passed Assembly, Awaiting Senate Action

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, SB 515 and AB 575.
The Assembly passed AB 575 on a voice voteafter first adopting a agreed-upon substitute amendment, on Feb. 18. Before becoming law, AB 575 needs to be concurred in by the Senate and signed by Gov. Evers.
We are working to get a Senate concurrence vote scheduled. According to Senate Republican leadership, they are still considering a late May/early June session day to conclude their business for this session.
Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practitioners – Passed Assembly, Awaiting Senate Action
Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Reps. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma), Romaine Quinn (R-Rice Lake), Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz), Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago) & Dave Murphy (R-Greenville) have introduced legislation (SB 492/AB 546) to regulate complementary and alternative health care (CAHC) practitioners. The bill requires CAHC practitioners to provide initial written disclosures and obtain signed acknowledgement forms from clients. Former health care professionals who have had their licenses revoked may not act as CAHC practitioners. CAHC practitioners may not take certain actions with respect to prescription drugs, recommend discontinuation of treatment recommended by a health care professional, diagnose diseases, or present themselves as credentialed health professionals. The bill provides that CAHC practitioners do not violate the prohibition against acting as a physician assistant without a license if they provide only CAHC services and provide the written disclosures to clients.
The Assembly passed AB 546 on a voice vote on Feb. 20. The Senate Committee on Health & Human Services voted 3-2 on March 17 to recommend passage of the bill.