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Telehealth Bill Signed Into Law

I am excited to share that a bipartisan bill I authored to improve access to telehealth services for medicaid patients has been signed into law by Governor Tony Evers. Senate Bill 380 is now 2019 Act 56 and is my sixth bill to be signed into law this legislative session!

The Wisconsin Hospital Association defines telehealth as the delivery of health care services remotely by means of telecommunications technology. Telehealth can improve access to health care services by allowing patients to receive care locally in their communities by using technology to connect them to providers in other locations. Common examples of telehealth include virtual office visits, telestroke services, remote patient monitoring, and remote evaluation of patient information.

2019 Act 56 received broad-based support from over 35 registered advocacy groups and represents months of hard work, discussion, and due diligence conducted by my staff and the offices of all the co-authors, attorneys at the legislative service agencies, numerous stakeholders and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Telehealth is taking healthcare to the next level. By modernizing state policies relating to telehealth, we are allowing Medicaid recipients and providers to fully leverage telehealth’s true potential!  

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Capitol Christmas Tree

This year's Christmas tree is a 30-foot Balsam fir from Meyer's Castle Tree Farm in Medford, Wisconsin. The tree is decorated with over two thousand multicolored LED lights and ornaments hand-made by school children from across Wisconsin with this year's theme, "Celebrate Science". If you're coming through Madison, make sure to stop and see it!

The Wisconsin State Capitol is open to the public 365 days a year. Weekday hours are from 8am to 6pm. Weekend and holiday hours are from 8am to 4pm. Click here for more information.

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Office Hours

I will be holding office hours in Rock and Walworth Counties to meet one-on-one with constituents. I will have new editions of the state highway map and blue book available for free for constituents!

Reminder:

Monday, December 16th

Beloit Public Library (in one of the study rooms)

605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit

10 am to 11:30 am

 

Tuesday, December 17th

Harmony Town Hall

440 N. Highway 14, Janesville

3 pm to 4:30 pm

 

Newly Announced:

Friday, January 10th

Matheson Memorial Library (Friends Room)

101 N. Wisconsin St, Elkhorn

10 am to 11:30 am

 

Friday, January 10th

Fontana Village Hall

175 Valley View Drive, Fontana

2 pm to 3:30 pm

 

For specific questions regarding office hours please contact: danielle.zimmerman@legis.wi.gov

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From our families to yours, Merry Christmas!
Amy, Danielle, and Emily
Blue Books Available!

Published biennially, the Wisconsin Blue Book is a valuable source for information about the State of Wisconsin. First published in 1853 as a manual for legislators, the Blue Book has evolved into a useful tool for the state’s residents, as well as a historical record of Wisconsin state government. The Blue Book’s mission is to furnish the legislature and the public with information on state officers and governmental organization, along with statistical information and articles of general interest.

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the new blue book, or missed out on the 2017-2018 blue book and would like a copy, email Rep.Loudenbeck@legis.wi.gov with your name and address and we will send one to you!

You can read more about this year's blue book, the feature story about World War I Veterans, and even take a look inside by clicking here.

 ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

WPR: Flurry of Bills Signed Into Law By Governor

Milton Courier: Bipartisan telehealth legislation signed

LaCrosse Tribune: Mayo, Gunderson applaud signing of telehealth improvement bill

The Badger Herald: Evers signs bill that will assist homeless youth

WAFCA: Wisconsin Enacts New Law to Support Homeless Youth 

My capitol office is here to help you with general inquiries as well as questions and concerns regarding legislative matters. Feel free to contact me or my staff. We are always ready to assist you in your needs. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.

 If you have any comments regarding the subject of this E-Update, please feel free to contact me.   


Rep. Amy Loudenbeck 
State Capitol, Room 304 East
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Toll-Free (888) 529-0031 or (608) 266-9967
Rep.Loudenbeck@legis.wi.gov| |