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Senate acts on advance directives, suicide prevention proposals

Wednesday, January 22, 2020  
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January 22, Wisconsin Health News

The Senate approved bills on advance directives, suicide prevention and mental health consultations, sending the measures to Gov. Tony Evers’ desk. 

The bills approved by the Senate Tuesday and already approved by the Assembly would: 

  • Allow advanced practice providers working with doctors to make the determination that activates an advance directive or power of attorney. 
  • Expand Medicaid reimbursement of clinical consultation for students so it includes mental health providers talking with parents.  
  • Provide grants for peer-to-peer suicide prevention groups at Wisconsin schools.  
  • Add a suicide prevention hotline to student IDs. 

Bills approved by the chamber waiting for Assembly action would: 

  • Require child care providers and camps to test drinking water for lead contamination before applying for a state license and to remediate contaminated water or provide an alternative. 
  • Allow reimbursement for expenses incurred by patients participating in a clinical trial.  
  • Update state law on training for respiratory therapists.   
  • Allow law enforcement and firefighters diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder to submit workers’ compensation claims.  
  • Extend a licensure exemption for military physicians to include military nurses and physician assistants who come to the state as part of their duties.