2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 13, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Petrowski, Harsdorf, Bewley,
Cowles, Erpenbach, Hansen, Olsen, Ringhand, Shilling and Vinehout,
cosponsored by Representatives
Edming, E. Brooks, Quinn, Tranel, Ballweg,
Kitchens, Krug, Kulp, Mursau, Nerison, Novak, Petryk, Ripp, Snyder,
Spiros, Summerfield, Swearingen, Tauchen, Tusler, VanderMeer,
Zimmerman, Billings, Genrich, Jagler and Meyers. Referred to Committee
on Revenue, Financial Institutions and Rural Issues.
1An Act to repeal
20.435 (1) (fg); and to create
20.435 (1) (fg) of the statutes; 2relating to: grants for creation of rural wellness facilities and programs and
3making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to distribute $500,000 in
grant moneys to hospitals located in a rural area or health systems with a hospital
or clinic located in a rural area for wellness facilities and programs in rural
Wisconsin. The department must distribute a minimum of two grants and each
grant may be up to $250,000. In order to qualify for a grant, an applicant must have
demonstrated that matching funds will be available for the program or facility that
is the subject of the grant application and that the program or facility that is the
subject of the grant application is targeted to address community health needs
identified by the applicant's community needs assessment, including chronic illness
management, occupational health services, and rehabilitation services.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 5
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.435 (1) (fg) of the statutes is created to read:
(fg) Grants to establish rural wellness facilities and programs.
a continuing appropriation, the amounts in the schedule for grants under 2017 4
Wisconsin Act .... (this act), section 4 (1).
20.435 (1) (fg) of the statutes, as created by 2017 Wisconsin Act .... 6
(this act), is repealed.
Rural wellness facility and program grants.
(a) In this subsection, “rural area” means all of the following:
1. A city, town, or village in this state that has a population of less than 20,000 11
and that is at least 15 miles from any city, town, or village that has a population of 12
at least 20,000.
2. An area in this state that is not an urbanized area, as defined by the federal 14
bureau of the census.
(b) From the appropriation under section 20.435 (1) (fg) of the statutes, subject 16
to paragraph (c), the department of health services shall distribute grants in the total 17
amount of $500,000 for recipients to establish wellness facilities and programs in 18
rural areas. The department shall distribute the grants under this subsection to any
of the following applicants that apply, in the form and manner determined by the 2
department, to receive grants and that satisfy the requirements under paragraph (c):
1. Hospitals located in a rural area.
2. Health systems with a hospital or clinic located in a rural area.
(c) The department of health services shall award no fewer than 2 grants and 6
may distribute up to $250,000 per grant. The department shall require an applicant 7
to demonstrate both of the following in order to qualify for a grant awarded under 8
1. Funds will be available to match the amount of the grant received for the 10
program or facility that is the subject of the grant application.
2. The program or facility that is the subject of the grant application is targeted 12
to address community health needs identified by the applicant's community needs 13
assessment, including chronic illness management, occupational health services, 14
rehabilitation services, and wellness and prevention services.
This act takes effect on the day after publication, 16
or on the 2nd day after publication of the 2017 biennial budget act, whichever is later, 17
except as follows:
The repeal of section 20.435 (1) (fg) of the statutes takes effect on July 1, 19