2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO ASSEMBLY BILL 305
October 18, 2017 - Offered by Representative VanderMeer.
1An Act to create
20.435 (1) (dj) and 146.675 of the statutes; relating to: grants
2for language interpretation in health care settings.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This substitute amendment requires the Department of Health Services to
create a grant program for language interpretation services provided in medical
clinics and hospitals that are located in rural areas or that serve medically
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 4
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
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20.435 (1) (dj) of the statutes is created to read:
(dj) Grants for interpretation services.
The amounts in the schedule 3
to provide grants for interpretation services under s. 146.675.
146.675 of the statutes is created to read:
5146.675 Grants for interpretation services. (1)
In this section:
(a) “Medically underserved population” has the meaning given in 42 CFR
(b) “Rural area” means any of the following:
1. A city, town, or village in this state that has a population of less than 20,000 10
and that is at least 15 miles from any city, town, or village that has a population of 11
at least 20,000.
2. An area in this state that is not an urbanized area, as defined by the federal 13
bureau of the census.
The department shall create a program to provide grants to reimburse 15
medical clinics and hospitals for language interpretation services provided to 16
patients at those clinics and hospitals. To be eligible for a grant under this section, 17
a medical clinic or hospital shall satisfy all of the following criteria:
(a) The medical clinic or hospital is located in a rural area or serves a medically 2
(b) The language interpretation services provided at the medical clinic or 4
hospital comply with 42 USC 2000d
The department shall allow a medical clinic or hospital that receives a grant 6
under this section discretion in the provision of language interpretation services, 7
including allowing services to be provided in-person by a clinic or hospital employee 8
or by a contractor or over an Internet connection.
From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (dj), beginning in fiscal year 10
2018-19 the department shall distribute $100,000 in each fiscal year for grants 11
under sub. (2).