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 Dairy Business Association Award 

The Dairy Business Association (DBA) awarded me their Legislative Excellence Award for being an advocate for Wisconsin’s $43.4 billion dairy industry. DBA is a nonprofit organization of Wisconsin dairy farmers, milk processors and business partners who work together to boost the state’s dairy community. Their mission is to empower members to lead America’s Dairyland forward by connecting with communities and policymakers through advocacy, collaboration and continuous improvement. I look forward to continuing to work with DBA to advocate for Wisconsin's dairy industry in Madison. 

 DBA

Telehealth Bill 

This week, my office circulated for co-sponsorship important legislation aimed at improving access to telehealth health services for Medicaid recipients.

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

Telehealth is increasingly being utilized to improve access to essential care, but state laws are not keeping pace with advances in technology. Medicaid recipients and providers are currently unable to leverage telehealth’s true potential because of Wisconsin’s current Medicaid policies.

One exciting thing to note is that a growing body of evidence suggests that you can expand access to telehealth without increasing costs. This is because telehealth is not adding a new type of health care service; rather, it is a different way to access health care services that are already available.

The legislation has four main goals to improve Medicaid coverage of telehealth:

 1. Require Medicaid to treat telehealth the same as in-person services in terms of coverage for patients and reimbursement for providers.

 2. Help Medicaid catch up to Medicare in the number of telehealth services it covers. There are currently more than 50 separate telehealth services Medicare covers that Medicaid does not.

 3. Allow Medicaid patients to receive telehealth directly in their homes or other non-clinical settings.

 4. Repeal the added layer of telehealth certification that has been a barrier to expanding access to behavioral health and substance use services for Medicaid patients. 

The proposed bill is sponsored by a bipartisan group of legislators from the Assembly and Senate and will likely be formally introduced at the end of the month.

District Day on Geneva Lake 

Last week, I had the pleasure of teaming up with my colleague Rep. Tyler August to visit with constituents around Geneva Lake to talk about tourism, economic development, and public safety. We started the day at the award-winning Abbey Marina in Fontana and met with Ed Snyder Sr. and Ed Snyder Jr. to check out their recent $7 million dollar investment in updated infrastructure and amenities. Then we met with former Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary and local celebrity Stephanie Klett!  We met her tourism team at the offices of VISIT Lake Geneva and took a short drive to the new Turf restaurant at Geneva National for a tour and lunch.

From there we traveled to the beautiful village of Williams Bay, where we had the opportunity to meet with the private, non-profit Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol which will be celebrating 100 years of service in 2020! Our final stop was the Geneva Lake Law Enforcement Agency (GLLEA) to talk about how the five municipalities that surround Geneva Lake support one independent law enforcement agency. The GLLEA is unique in its status and all officers are certified law enforcement officers with the state of Wisconsin.

We went out on the patrol boats with both agencies and enjoyed a spectacular summer day while sharing stories and ideas on how we can work together to make everyone's experience on the lake safe and enjoyable. Stay tuned for “day in the district” video content in a future e-update!

Geneva Lake Fast Facts - Geneva Lake is one of the busiest lakes in the state and has the highest number of boats registered per capital of any inland lake, over 20,000 total!  Geneva Lake has approximately 27 miles of shoreline, is nine miles long, covers over 5,400 acres, and is 152 feet deep.

LG DAy 3Ed Snyder Sr., Rep. August, Ed Snyder Jr., Rep. Loudenbeck 

LG DAy 2Rep.Loudenbeck, Stephanie Klett, Rep. August  

LG DayRep. August, GL Water Safety Patrol Operations Director Ted Pankau, Rep. Loudenbeck 

GLLERep. August, Commander Tom Hausner, Rep. Loudenbeck 

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

Toll-Free (888) 529-0031 or (608) 266-9967
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