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252.15(5m)(e) (e) If the conditions under par. (d) are satisfied, the following person shall order an HIV test of the corpse:
252.15(5m)(e)1. 1. If the contact occurs as provided under par. (d) 1. a., the coroner, medical examiner, or physician who certifies the victim's cause of death under s. 69.18 (2) (b), (c), or (d).
252.15(5m)(e)2. 2. If the contact occurs as provided under par. (d) 1. b., the attending physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse prescriber of the funeral director, coroner, medical examiner, or appointed assistant.
252.15(5m)(e)3. 3. If the contact occurs as provided under (d) 1. c., the physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse prescriber who makes the certification under par. (d) 2.
252.15(5r) (5r)Sale of tests without approval prohibited. No person may sell or offer to sell in this state a test or test kit to detect the presence of HIV, antigen or nonantigenic products of HIV or an antibody to HIV for self-use by an individual unless the test or test kit is first approved by the state epidemiologist. In reviewing a test or test kit under this subsection, the state epidemiologist shall consider and weigh the benefits, if any, to the public health of the test or test kit against the risks, if any, to the public health of the test or test kit.
252.15(6) (6)Expanded disclosure of HIV test results prohibited. No person to whom the results of an HIV test have been disclosed under sub. (3m) (a), (b), (d), or (e) or (5m) may disclose the test results except as authorized under sub. (3m) (a), (b), (d), or (e) or (5m).
252.15(7) (7)Reporting of positive HIV test results.
252.15(7)(a)(a) Notwithstanding ss. 227.01 (13) and 227.10 (1), for the purposes of this subsection, the state epidemiologist shall determine, based on the preponderance of available scientific evidence, the procedures necessary in this state to obtain a validated HIV test result and the secretary shall so declare under s. 250.04 (1) or (2) (a). The state epidemiologist shall revise this determination if, in his or her opinion, changed available scientific evidence warrants a revision, and the secretary shall declare the revision under s. 250.04 (1) or (2) (a).
252.15(7)(b) (b) If a positive, validated HIV test result is obtained from an HIV test subject, the health care provider, blood bank, blood center, or plasma center that maintains a record of the HIV test result under sub. (4) (c) shall report to the state epidemiologist the following information:
252.15(7)(b)1. 1. The name and address of the health care provider, blood bank, blood center or plasma center reporting.
252.15(7)(b)2. 2. The name and address of the subject's health care provider, if known.
252.15(7)(b)3. 3. The name, address, telephone number, age or date of birth, race and ethnicity, sex and county of residence of the test subject, if known.
252.15(7)(b)4. 4. The date on which the HIV test was performed.
252.15(7)(b)5. 5. The HIV test result.
252.15(7)(b)5m. 5m. The mode of transmission of HIV to the test subject.
252.15(7)(b)6. 6. Any other medical or epidemiological information required by the state epidemiologist for the purpose of exercising surveillance, control and prevention of HIV infections.
252.15(7)(c) (c) Except as provided in sub. (7m), a report made under par. (b) may not include any of the following:
252.15(7)(c)1. 1. Information with respect to the sexual orientation of the HIV test subject.
252.15(7)(c)2. 2. The identity of persons with whom the HIV test subject may have had sexual contact.
252.15(7)(d) (d) This subsection does not apply to the reporting of information under s. 252.05 with respect to persons for whom a diagnosis of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome has been made.
252.15(7m) (7m)Reporting of persons significantly exposed. If a positive, validated HIV test result is obtained from a test subject, the test subject's physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse prescriber who maintains a record of the HIV test result under sub. (4) (c) may report to the state epidemiologist the name of any person known to the physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse prescriber to have had contact with body fluid of the test subject that constitutes a significant exposure, only after the physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse prescriber has done all of the following:
252.15(7m)(a) (a) Counseled the HIV test subject to inform any person who has had contact with body fluid of the test subject that constitutes a significant exposure.
252.15(7m)(b) (b) Notified the HIV test subject that the name of any person known to the physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse prescriber to have had contact with body fluid of the test subject that constitutes a significant exposure will be reported to the state epidemiologist.
252.15(7r) (7r)Explanation of HIV for test subjects. The department shall provide to health care providers, blood banks, blood centers, and plasma centers a brief explanation or description of all of the following that a health care provider, blood bank, blood center, or plasma center may provide prospective HIV test subjects under sub. (2m) (a) 2.:
252.15(7r)(a) (a) HIV infection.
252.15(7r)(b) (b) HIV test results.
252.15(7r)(c) (c) Requirements under subs. (7) (b) and (7m) for reporting HIV test results.
252.15(7r)(d) (d) Treatment options for a person who has a positive HIV test result.
252.15(7r)(e) (e) Services provided by AIDS service organizations, as defined in s. 252.12 (1) (b), and other community-based organizations for persons who have a positive HIV test result.
252.15(8) (8)Civil liability.
252.15(8)(a)(a) Any person violating sub. (2m), (3m) (b), (d), or (f), (5m), (6) or (7) (c) is liable to the subject of the test for actual damages, costs and reasonable actual attorney fees, plus exemplary damages of up to $2,000 for a negligent violation and up to $50,000 for an intentional violation.
252.15(8)(b) (b) The plaintiff in an action under par. (a) has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that a violation occurred under sub. (2m), (3m) (b), (d), or (f), (5m), (6) or (7) (c). A conviction under sub. (2m), (3m) (b), (d), or (f), (5m), (6) or (7) (c) is not a condition precedent to bringing an action under par. (a).
252.15(9) (9)Penalties. Whoever intentionally discloses the results of an HIV test in violation of sub. (3m) (b) or (f) or (5m) and thereby causes bodily harm or psychological harm to the subject of the HIV test may be fined not more than $50,000 or imprisoned not more than 9 months or both. Whoever negligently discloses the results of an HIV test in violation of sub. (3m) (b) or (f) or (5m) is subject to a forfeiture of not more than $2,000 for each violation. Whoever intentionally discloses the results of an HIV test in violation of sub. sub. (3m) (b) or (f) or (5m), knowing that the information is confidential, and discloses the information for pecuniary gain may be fined not more than $200,000 or imprisoned not more than 3 years and 6 months, or both.
252.15(10) (10)Discipline of employees. Any employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state who violates this section may be discharged or suspended without pay.
252.15 Annotation No claim for a violation of sub. (2) was stated when the defendants neither conducted HIV tests nor were authorized recipients of the test results. Hillman v. Columbia County, 164 Wis. 2d 376, 474 N.W.2d 913 (Ct. App. 1991).
252.15 Annotation This section does not prevent a court acting in equity from ordering an HIV test where this section does not apply. Syring v. Tucker, 174 Wis. 2d 787, 498 N.W.2d 370 (1993).
252.15 Annotation This section has no bearing on a case in which a letter from the plaintiff to the defendant pharmacy contained a reference to a drug used only to treat AIDS, but did not disclose the results of an HIV test or directly disclose that the defendant had AIDS. Doe v. American Stores, Co. 74 F. Supp. 2d 855 (1999).
252.15 Annotation Confidentiality of Medical Records. Meili. Wis. Law. Feb. 1995.
252.15 Annotation HIV Confidentiality: Who Has the Right to Know? Krimmer. Wis. Law. Feb. 2003.
252.15 Annotation Balancing Federal and Wisconsin Medical Privacy Laws. Hartin. Wis. Law. June 2003.
252.16 252.16 Health insurance premium subsidies.
252.16(1) (1) Definitions. In this section:
252.16(1)(ar) (ar) "Dependent" means a spouse or domestic partner under ch. 770, an unmarried child under the age of 19 years, an unmarried child who is a full-time student under the age of 21 years and who is financially dependent upon the parent, or an unmarried child of any age who is medically certified as disabled and who is dependent upon the parent.
252.16(1)(b) (b) "Group health plan" means an insurance policy or a partially or wholly uninsured plan or program, that provides hospital, medical or other health coverage to members of a group, whether or not dependents of the members are also covered. The term includes a medicare supplement policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28r), but does not include a medicare replacement policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28p), or a long-term care insurance policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28g).
252.16(1)(c) (c) "Individual health policy" means an insurance policy or a partially or wholly uninsured plan or program, that provides hospital, medical or other health coverage to an individual on an individual basis and not as a member of a group, whether or not dependents of the individual are also covered. The term includes a medicare supplement policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28r), but does not include a medicare replacement policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28p), or a long-term care insurance policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28g).
252.16(1)(d) (d) "Medicare" means coverage under part A, part B, or part D of Title XVIII of the federal Social Security Act, 42 USC 1395 to 1395hhh.
252.16(1)(e) (e) "Residence" means the concurrence of physical presence with intent to remain in a place of fixed habitation. Physical presence is prima facie evidence of intent to remain.
252.16(2) (2)Subsidy program. From the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (1) (am), the department shall distribute funding in each fiscal year to subsidize the premium costs under s. 252.17 (2) and, under this subsection, the premium costs for health insurance coverage available to an individual who has HIV infection and who is unable to continue his or her employment or must reduce his or her hours because of an illness or medical condition arising from or related to HIV infection.
252.16(3) (3)Eligibility. An individual is eligible to receive a subsidy in an amount determined under sub. (4), if the department determines that the individual meets all of the following criteria:
252.16(3)(a) (a) Has residence in this state.
252.16(3)(b) (b) Has a family income, as defined by rule under sub. (6), that does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty line, as defined under 42 USC 9902 (2), for a family the size of the individual's family.
252.16(3)(c) (c) Has submitted to the department a certification from a physician, as defined in s. 448.01 (5), physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse prescriber of all of the following:
252.16(3)(c)1. 1. That the individual has an infection that is an HIV infection.
252.16(3)(c)2. 2. That the individual's employment has terminated or his or her hours have been reduced, because of an illness or medical condition arising from or related to the individual's HIV infection.
252.16(3)(dm) (dm) Has, or is eligible for, health insurance coverage under a group health plan or an individual health policy.
252.16(3)(e) (e) Authorizes the department, in writing, to do all of the following:
252.16(3)(e)1. 1. Contact the individual's employer or former employer or health insurer to verify the individual's eligibility for coverage under the group health plan or individual health policy and the premium and any other conditions of coverage, to make premium payments as provided in sub. (4) and for other purposes related to the administration of this section.
252.16(3)(e)1m. 1m. Contact the individual's employer or former employer to verify that the individual's employment has been terminated or that his or her hours have been reduced and for other purposes related to the administration of this section.
252.16(3)(e)2. 2. Make any necessary disclosure to the individual's employer or former employer or health insurer regarding the individual's HIV status.
252.16(4) (4)Amount and period of subsidy.
252.16(4)(a)(a) Except as provided in pars. (b) and (d), if an individual satisfies sub. (3), the department shall pay the full amount of each premium payment for the individual's health insurance coverage under the group health plan or individual health policy under sub. (3) (dm), on or after the date on which the individual becomes eligible for a subsidy under sub. (3). Except as provided in pars. (b) and (d), the department shall pay the full amount of each premium payment regardless of whether the individual's health insurance coverage under sub. (3) (dm) includes coverage of the individual's dependents. Except as provided in par. (b), the department shall terminate the payments under this section when the individual's health insurance coverage ceases or when the individual no longer satisfies sub. (3), whichever occurs first. The department may not make payments under this section for premiums for medicare, except for premiums for coverage for part D of Title XVIII of the federal Social Security Act, 42 USC 1395 to 1395hhh.
252.16(4)(b) (b) The obligation of the department to make payments under this section is subject to the availability of funds in the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (1) (am).
252.16(4)(d) (d) For an individual who satisfies sub. (3) and who has a family income, as defined by rule under sub. (6) (a), that exceeds 200% but does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty line, as defined under 42 USC 9902 (2), for a family the size of the individual's family, the department shall pay a portion of the amount of each premium payment for the individual's health insurance coverage. The portion that the department pays shall be determined according to a schedule established by the department by rule under sub. (6) (c). The department shall pay the portion of the premium determined according to the schedule regardless of whether the individual's health insurance coverage under sub. (3) (dm) includes coverage of the individual's dependents.
252.16(5) (5)Application process. The department may establish, by rule, a procedure under which an individual who does not satisfy sub. (3) (b), (c) 2. or (dm) may submit to the department an application for a premium subsidy under this section that the department shall hold until the individual satisfies each requirement of sub. (3), if the department determines that the procedure will assist the department to make premium payments in a timely manner once the individual satisfies each requirement of sub. (3). If an application is submitted by an employed individual under a procedure established by rule under this subsection, the department may not contact the individual's employer or health insurer unless the individual authorizes the department, in writing, to make that contact and to make any necessary disclosure to the individual's employer or health insurer regarding the individual's HIV status.
252.16(6) (6)Rules. The department shall promulgate rules that do all of the following:
252.16(6)(a) (a) Define family income for purposes of sub. (3) (b).
252.16(6)(b) (b) Establish a procedure for making payments under this section that ensures that the payments are actually used to pay premiums for health insurance coverage available to individuals who satisfy sub. (3).
252.16(6)(c) (c) Establish a premium contribution schedule for individuals who have a family income, as defined by rule under par. (a), that exceeds 200% but does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty line, as defined under 42 USC 9902 (2), for a family the size of the individual's family. In establishing the schedule under this paragraph, the department shall take into consideration both income level and family size.
252.16 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DHS 138, Wis. adm. code.
252.17 252.17 Medical leave premium subsidies.
252.17(1) (1) Definitions. In this section:
252.17(1)(a) (a) "Group health plan" has the meaning given in s. 252.16 (1) (b).
252.17(1)(d) (d) "Medical leave" means medical leave under s. 103.10.
252.17(1)(e) (e) "Residence" has the meaning given in s. 252.16 (1) (e).
252.17(2) (2)Subsidy program. The department shall establish and administer a program to subsidize, as provided in s. 252.16 (2), the premium costs for coverage under a group health plan that are paid by an individual who has HIV infection and who is on unpaid medical leave from his or her employment because of an illness or medical condition arising from or related to HIV infection.
252.17(3) (3)Eligibility. An individual is eligible to receive a subsidy in an amount determined under sub. (4), if the department determines that the individual meets all of the following criteria:
252.17(3)(a) (a) Has residence in this state.
252.17(3)(b) (b) Has a family income, as defined by rule under sub. (6), that does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty line, as defined under 42 USC 9902 (2), for a family the size of the individual's family.
252.17(3)(c) (c) Has submitted to the department a certification from a physician, as defined in s. 448.01 (5), physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse prescriber of all of the following:
252.17(3)(c)1. 1. That the individual has an infection that is an HIV infection.
252.17(3)(c)2. 2. That the individual is on unpaid medical leave from his or her employment because of an illness or medical condition arising from or related to the individual's HIV infection or because of medical treatment or supervision for such an illness or medical condition.
252.17(3)(d) (d) Is covered under a group health plan through his or her employment and pays part or all of the premium for that coverage, including any premium for coverage of the individual's spouse or domestic partner under ch. 770 and dependents.
252.17(3)(e) (e) Authorizes the department, in writing, to do all of the following:
252.17(3)(e)1. 1. Contact the individual's employer or the administrator of the group health plan under which the individual is covered, to verify the individual's medical leave, group health plan coverage and the premium and any other conditions of coverage, to make premium payments as provided in sub. (4) and for other purposes related to the administration of this section.
252.17(3)(e)2. 2. Make any necessary disclosure to the individual's employer or the administrator of the group health plan under which the individual is covered regarding the individual's HIV status.
252.17(3)(f) (f) Is not covered by a group health plan other than any of the following:
252.17(3)(f)1. 1. The group health plan under par. (d).
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 11, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 11, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-11-14)