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Special Committee on Health Care Access

Chair: Sen. Luther Olsen
Vice Chair: Rep. Frederick Kessler
Legislative Council Staff:  Laura Rose
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The Special Committee is directed to study potential solutions to the shortage of health care providers, particularly in rural areas and inner cities, and the adequacy of funding for public health. The Special Committee is directed to study possible state assistance to underserved areas and an expansion of Wisconsinís capacity for training family practice physicians and nurses, and additional funding sources for public health.

Report to the Legislature
Results of January 18, 2012 Joint Legislative Council Meeting
Recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council - January 18, 2012 Meeting
  • Memo to Member of the Special Committee, Council Consideration of Committee Report (January 11, 2012).
  • Proposed Report to the Legislature, No. 2011-13 Legislation on Health Care Access (January 9, 2012).
  • WLC: 0058/2, relating to the administration of vaccines by pharmacists.
  • WLC: 0066/2, relating to collecting workforce survey information from health care providers.
  • WLC: 0091/1, relating to dental licensing exceptions.
  • WLC: 0096/2, relating to duties of local health departments.
  • WLC: 0097/2, relating to repayment of state aid by medical or dental school graduates.
February 14, 2011
  • WLC: 0058/2, relating to the administration of vaccines by pharmacists (January 19, 2011).
  • WLC: 0066/2, relating to collecting workforce survey information from health care providers (January 24, 2011).
  • WLC: 0091/1, relating to dental licensing exceptions (February 7, 2011).
  • WLC: 0095/1, relating to the creation of a matching grant program for the physical expansion of existing teaching institutions related to health care.
  • WLC: 0096/1, relating to duties of local health departments (February 1, 2011).
  • WLC: 0097/1, relating to repayment of state aid by medical school graduates (February 4, 2011).
  • WLC: 0098/1, relating to the expansion of the health care provider loan assistance program to include public health professionals (February 4, 2011).
  • Letter, from Representative Fred Kessler regarding the physician shortages and the teaching nurse shortage (February 8, 2011).
  • Handout, Wisconsin Population Demographic Affect on Health Care Access submitted by John F. Townsend (February 14, 2011).
  • Presentation, John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO; Kenneth B. Simons, MD, Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education; and Alan K. David, MD, Chairman, Department of Family and Community Medicine; Medical College of Wisconsin.
  • Presentation, Robert N. Golden, MD, Dean, School of Medicine and Public Health, Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Additional Testimony, from the Medical College of Wisconsin (February 2011).
  • Letter from the Medical College of Wisconsin regarding costs of family medicine residencies (February 16, 2011).
  • Information on Public Health Professionals provided by the Department of Health Services.
January 7, 2011
  • Handout, Proposal of John F. Townsend.
  • Handout, At a Glance: Wisconsin Clinical Laboratory Science Workforce Survey
  • Handout, Healthcare Workforce Reports, Health Professional Shortage Area Designation Process, and National Health Service Corps At A Glance, submitted by Rachel Currans-Sheehan, Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
  • WLC: 0058/1, relating to the administration of vaccines by pharmacists and dentists (December 8, 2010).
  • WLC: 0066/1, relating to collecting workforce survey information from health care providers (December 15, 2010).
  • WLC: 0088/1, relating to report on health education.
  • Memo No. 1, Potential Recommendations for the Committee's Consideration in the Areas of Educational Programs; Public Health; Licensure, Scope of Practice, and Related Issues; and Other Health Care Access Issues (November 16, 2010).
November 22, 2010
  • Handout, Workforce Information, submitted by the Department of Health Services (November 3, 2010).
  • Handout, The Future of Nursing:  Leading Change, Advancing Health, distributed by the Institute of Medicine (November 22, 2010).
  • Testimony, Scope of Practice Barriers for Nurses, by Kathryn Osborne, Certified Nurse-Midwife and Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber (November 19, 2010).
  • Article, Save a Smile, as seen in the Fond du Lac Reporter, submitted by committee member Representative John Townsend.
  • Handout, Health Care Access Committee Recommendations submitted by Committee Member Dr. Sheldon Wasserman.
  • Memo No. 1, Potential Recommendations for the Committee's Consideration in the Areas of Educational Programs; Public Health; Licensure, Scope of Practice, and Related Issues; and Other Health Care Access Issues (November 16, 2010).
  • Testimony, Access to Vision and Eye Health Care Services, submitted by Peter Theo, Executive Vice President, Wisconsin Optometric Association (November 5, 2010).
  • Handout, Price County Follow-up, submitted by Price County Public Health (November 8, 2010).
  • Handout, WDHA Recommendations, submitted by Deborah Schumacher RDH, ME, Wisconsin Dental Hygienists' Association (November 7, 2010).
  • Handout, Recommendations to the Legislative Council Special Committee on Health Care Access, submitted by Michael Welsh, Government Affairs Specialist, Hoven Consulting, Inc. (November 9, 2010).
  • Handout, Recommendations to the Legislative Council Special Committee on Health Care Access, submitted by Committee Member Sandy Anderson (November 10, 2010).
October 22, 2010
  • Handout, Physician Shortages to Worsen Without Increases in Residency Training, submitted by Judy Warmuth, Vice President, Workforce, Wisconsin Hospital Association, Inc., Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
  • Map to Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Center, 8200 West Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee.
  • Handout, Promoting Access to Health Care Through Patient Advocacy in Wisconsin, submitted by ABC for Rural Health Care.
  • Handout, The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health, submitted by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
  • Handout, Local Health Department Job Losses and Program Cuts:  Findings from January/February 2010 Survey, submitted by The National Association of County and City Health Officials (May 2010).
  • Handout, Local Health Department Job Losses and Program Cuts:  Overview of Survey Findings from January/February 2010 Survey, submitted by The National Association of County and City Health Officials (March 2010).
  • Handout, Local Health Department Job Losses and Program Cuts:  State-Level Tables from January/February 2010 Survey, submitted by The National Association of County and City health Officials (March 2010).
  • Handout, A Proposal to the Public Health Council, Increased State Financing of Governmental Public Health, submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Public Health Council, Ad Hoc Finance Committee (December 7, 2007).
  • Testimony, submitted by Julie Willems Van Dijk, RN, PhD, Associate Scientist, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (October 22, 2010).
  • Handout, submitted by Dr. William Lobb, Dean of the Marquette University School of Dentistry (October 21, 2010).
  • Testimony, submitted by Deborah Schumacher, RDH, Wisconsin Dental Hygienists' Association,  Legislative Chair (October 22, 2010).
  • Handout, Recommendations for Statutory Changes, distributed by Deborah Schumacher, RDH, WDHA (October 22, 2010).
  • Handout, Statutory Amendment Recommendations in Plain Language, distributed by Deborah Schumacher, RDH, WDHS (October 22, 2010).
  • Testimony, by Valerie J. Gilchrist, MD, Millard Professor in Community Health, Chair, Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (October 22, 2010).
  • Testimony, submitted by Chris Stroud, MD, Vice President of Medical Services and Chief Medical Officer with Aurora Medical Group (October 22, 2010).
  • Testimony, submitted by Dr. Michael C. Brown, Pharm. D., and Dr. Andrew P. Traynor, Pharm. D., BCPS, Professors, Concordia University, Wisconsin School of Pharmacy (October 22, 2010).
  • Testimony, submitted by Alan David, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW); Elizabeth Fleming, MCW Family Medicine Student; and Camille Garrison, MD, MCW Family Physician Alumnus (October 22, 2010).
  • Testimony, Nursing Workforce Shortages in Wisconsin, submitted by Judith M. Hansen, MS, BSN, RN, Executive Director-Wisconsin Center for Nursing (October 22, 2010).
  • Testimony, Sustaining a Nursing Workforce for the Future, submitted by Gina Dennik-Champion, MSN, MSHA, RN, Executive Directory Wisconsin Nurses Association (October 22, 2010).
  • Testimony, School-Based Oral Health Care as Best Practice, submitted by Kasey Bruch-Nenn, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic (October 22, 2010).
  • Testimony, Improving Access to Affordable Healthcare in Wisconsin - A Fee-for-Service Approach, submitted by Thomas R. Willett, D.O., and Andrew C. Thorp, R.N., Access Affordable Healthcare, Green Lake, WI. (October 22, 2010).
  • Testimony, Increasing Access to Healthcare - The Role of PAs, by Clark Collins, PA-C, subbmited by President, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants (October 22, 2010).
  • Testimony, Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine Potential Impact Analysis, submitted by Gregg S. Silberg, DO, RPh, FACOI, FAOCR, Member, Board of Directors, Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine (October 22, 2010).
  • Handout, County Health Rankings (October 22, 2010).
  • Testimony, submitted by Shirin Cabraal, Managing Attorney, Disability Rights Wisconsin, (October 22, 2010).
October 1, 2010
  • Map of Marshfield Clinic.
  • Map showing location of Laird Center and Parking Lot B.
  • Testimony, submitted by Richard Thoune, RS, MS, MPH, Eau Clair City-County Health Officer.
  • Testimony, submitted by Nancy J. Rublee, RDH, CDHC, Price County Health and Human Services (September 30, 2010).
  • Testimony, submitted by Judy Warmuth, Vice President, Workforce, Wisconsin Hospital Association, Inc. (October 1, 2010).
  • Testimony, submitted by Jean Durch, MPS, RN, Chippewa County Health Officer (October 1, 2010).
  • Testimony, submitted by Michael Kryda, MD, CEO, Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital Marshfield, WI. (October 1, 2010).
  • Testimony, submitted by Erik Stratman, MD, Directory, Division of Education, Marshfield Clinic (October 1, 2010).
  • Handout, National Association of Community Health Centers Newsletter, Policy Update, submitted byTed Kay (September 2010).
  • Handout, Nurse Educator Survey White Paper, submitted by Mary Lu Gerke (September 2010).
  • Presentation, Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine, submitted by Ken Kurt, D.O.
  • Presentation, 2009 National Distribution of Osteopathic Physicians, submitted by Ken Kurt, D.O.
August 24, 2010
  • Presentation, Health, Poverty and Health Care Spending, submitted by Richard A. Cooper, MD, Professor of Medicine and Senior Fellow Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania (July 10, 2010).
  • Handout, Weighing the Evidence for Expanding Physician Supply, distributed by Richard Cooper, MD, University of Pennsylvania (undated).
  • Handout, Health Policy, distributed by Richard Cooper, MD, University of Pennsylvania (Spring 2010).
  • Presentation, Urban Health Access, by Jenni Sevenich, CEO Westside Healthcare Association.
  • Presentation, Rural Health Access & Workforce, by Tim Size, Director, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (August 24, 2010).
  • Handout, Quality of Care in Rural America, submitted by Tim Size, Director, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (August 24, 2010).
  • Handout, Who Will Care For Our Patients?, submitted by Dr. Carl Getto, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (October 2008).
  • Handout, MCW Perspective on Relevance of Reduced Student Capitation Funding on Wisconsin Physician Workforce, submitted by Dr. Kenneth B. Simons, Medical College of Wisconsin (August 24, 2010).
  • Testimony, Nursing Faculty Shortage in Wisconsin, by Marilyn Kaufmann, PhD, RN, Nursing Program Chair, Lakeshore Technical College (August 24, 2010).
    • Handout, additional information as requested by the Special Committee on Health Care Access, from Marilyn Kaufmann, PhD, RN, Nursing Program Chair, Lakeshore Technical College (September 21, 2010).