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 percent 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 percent but does not exceed 300 percent 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 percent but does not exceed 300 percent 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 percent 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).
252.17(3)(f)2. 2. A group health plan that offers a substantial reduction in covered health care services from the group health plan under subd. 1.
252.17(3)(g) (g) Is not covered by an individual health insurance policy other than an individual health insurance policy that offers a substantial reduction in covered health care services from the group health plan under par. (d).
252.17(3)(h) (h) Is not eligible for medicare under 42 USC 1395 to 1395zz.
252.17(3)(i) (i) Does not have escrowed under s. 103.10 (9) (c) an amount sufficient to pay the individual's required contribution to his or her premium payments.
252.17(4) (4) Amount and period of subsidy.
252.17(4)(a) (a) Except as provided in pars. (b), (c), and (d), if an individual satisfies sub. (3), the department shall pay the amount of each premium payment for coverage under the group health plan under sub. (3) (d) that is due from the individual on or after the date on which the individual becomes eligible for a subsidy under sub. (3). The department may not refuse to pay the full amount of the individual's contribution to each premium payment because the coverage that is provided to the individual who satisfies sub. (3) includes coverage of the individual's spouse or domestic partner under ch. 770 and dependents. Except as provided in par. (b), the department shall terminate the payments under this section when the individual's unpaid medical leave ends, when the individual no longer satisfies sub. (3) or upon the expiration of 29 months after the unpaid medical leave began, whichever occurs first.
252.17(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).
252.17(4)(c) (c) If an individual who satisfies sub. (3) has an amount escrowed under s. 103.10 (9) (c) that is insufficient to pay the individual's required contribution to his or her premium payments, the amount paid under par. (a) may not exceed the individual's required contribution for the duration of the payments under this section as determined under par. (a) minus the amount escrowed.
252.17(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 percent but does not exceed 300 percent 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 coverage under the group health plan under sub. (3) (d). 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 coverage under the group health plan under sub. (3) (d) includes coverage of the individual's spouse or domestic partner under ch. 770 and dependents.
252.17(5) (5) Application process. The department may establish, by rule, a procedure under which an individual who does not satisfy sub. (3) (b) or (c) 2. 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 individual under a procedure established by rule under this subsection, the department may not contact the individual's employer or the administrator of the group health plan under which the individual is covered, unless the individual authorizes the department, in writing, to make that contact and to 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(6) (6) Rules. The department shall promulgate rules that do all of the following:
252.17(6)(a) (a) Define family income for purposes of sub. (3) (b).
252.17(6)(b) (b) Establish a procedure for making payments under this section that ensures that the payments are actually used to pay premiums for group health plan coverage available to individuals who satisfy sub. (3).
252.17(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 percent but does not exceed 300 percent 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.
252.17 History History: 1991 a. 269; 1993 a. 16 ss. 2589, 2590; 1993 a. 27 ss. 390 to 394; Stats. 1993 s. 252.17; 1993 a. 491; 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 103; 2005 a. 187; 2009 a. 28; 2011 a. 161.
252.17 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DHS 138, Wis. adm. code.
252.185 252.185 Communicable disease control and prevention.
252.185(1)(1)From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (cf), the department shall distribute moneys to local health departments to use for disease surveillance, contact tracing, staff development and training, improving communication among health care professionals, public education and outreach, and other infection control measures as required under this chapter. The department shall consider the following factors to establish an equitable allocation formula for the distribution of moneys under this section:
252.185(1)(a) (a) Base allocation, including at least some base amount for each local health department.
252.185(1)(b) (b) General population.
252.185(1)(c) (c) Target populations.
252.185(1)(d) (d) Risk factors.
252.185(1)(e) (e) Geographic area, including consideration of the size of the service area or the density of population, or both.
252.185(2) (2)By January 1, 2019, and biennially thereafter, each local health department shall submit to the division of the department that addresses public health issues a financial statement of its use of funds under this section.
252.185 History History: 2017 a. 59.
252.19 252.19 Communicable diseases; suspected cases; protection of public. No person who is knowingly infected with a communicable disease may willfully violate the recommendations of the local health officer or subject others to danger of contracting the disease. No person may knowingly and willfully take, aid in taking, advise or cause to be taken, a person who is infected or is suspected of being infected with a communicable disease into any public place or conveyance where the infected person would expose any other person to danger of contracting the disease.
252.19 History History: 1981 c. 291; 1993 a. 27 s. 299; Stats. 1993 s. 252.19.
252.21 252.21 Communicable diseases; schools; duties of teachers, parents, officers.
252.21(1)(1)If a teacher, school nurse, or principal of any school or child care center knows or suspects that a communicable disease is present in the school or center, he or she shall at once notify the local health officer.
252.21(6) (6)Any teacher, school nurse or principal may send home pupils who are suspected of having a communicable disease or any other disease the department specifies by rule. Any teacher, school nurse or principal who sends a pupil home shall immediately notify the parents of the pupil of the action and the reasons for the action. A teacher who sends a pupil home shall also notify the principal of the action and the reasons for the action.
252.21 History History: 1981 c. 291; 1993 a. 27 s. 301; Stats. 1993 s. 252.21; 2009 a. 185.
252.25 252.25 Violation of law relating to health. Any person who willfully violates or obstructs the execution of any state statute or rule, county, city or village ordinance or departmental order under this chapter and relating to the public health, for which no other penalty is prescribed, shall be imprisoned for not more than 30 days or fined not more than $500 or both.
252.25 History History: 1981 c. 291; 1993 a. 27 s. 300; Stats. 1993 s. 252.25.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on August 19, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 19, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-19-19)