2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 13, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Marklein, Testin, Cowles, Bewley,
Carpenter, Hansen, Harsdorf, Olsen, Ringhand, Shilling, Vukmir and
Erpenbach, cosponsored by Representatives E. Brooks, Quinn,
Jagler, Tittl, Edming, Novak, Ripp, Bernier, Rodriguez, Mursau, Kitchens,
Snyder, Genrich, Kulp, Meyers, Petryk, Spiros, Summerfield, Tusler,
VanderMeer, Zimmerman, Nerison, Swearingen, Krug, Tauchen and
Billings. Referred to Committee on Revenue, Financial Institutions and
1An Act to create
20.435 (1) (fi) and 146.616 of the statutes; relating to: grants
2for education and training of allied health professionals and making an
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to distribute grants to
hospitals, health systems, and educational entities that form health care education
and training consortia for allied health professionals. The bill limits the amount the
department may distribute each fiscal year per consortium to $125,000, which may
used for curriculum and faculty development, tuition reimbursement, or clinical site
or simulation expenses. The bill also requires a grant recipient to match through its
own funding sources the amount of the grant awarded by the department.
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) (fi) of the statutes is created to read:
(fi) Allied health professional education and training grants. 3
Biennially, the amounts in the schedule for grants to hospitals, health systems, and 4
educational entities that form health care education and training consortia for 5
training allied health professionals under s. 146.616.
146.616 of the statutes is created to read:
7146.616 Allied health professional education and training grants. (1) 8
In this section:
(a) “Allied health professional" means any individual who is a health care 10
provider other than a physician, registered nurse, dentist, pharmacist, chiropractor, 11
or podiatrist and who provides diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, or direct patient 12
care and support services to the patient.
(b) “Clinic” has the meaning given in s. 146.903 (1) (b).
(c) “Hospital” has the meaning given in s. 50.33 (2).
(d) “Rural clinic” means a clinic that is located in a city, town, or village in this 16
state that has a population of less than 20,000.
(e) “Rural hospital” means a hospital that is located in a city, town, or village 18
in this state that has a population of less than 20,000.
From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (fi), subject to subs. (3) to (5), 2
the department shall distribute grants to hospitals, health systems, and educational 3
entities that form health care education and training consortia for allied health 4
professionals. The department shall distribute the grants under this section to 5
hospitals, health systems, and educational entities that apply, in the form and 6
manner determined by the department, to receive a grant and that satisfy the 7
requirements established by the department under sub. (4).
(a) The department may distribute up to $125,000 per fiscal year per 9
consortium to be used for any of the following:
1. Curriculum and faculty development.
2. Tuition reimbursement.
3. Clinical site or simulation expenses.
(b) A recipient awarded a grant under this section shall match through its own 14
funding sources the amount of the grant distributed by the department for the 15
purposes of operating an allied health professional training consortium.
The department shall determine the requirements for the formation of 17
health care education and training consortia for allied health professionals.
In distributing grants under this section, the department shall give 19
preference to rural hospitals, health systems with a rural hospital or rural clinic, and 20
rural educational entities.
This act takes effect on the day after publication, or on the 2nd day after 23
publication of the 2017 biennial budget act, whichever is later.