Grassroots Spotlight: Sen. Marklein Discusses Medicaid, Workforce and Rural Broadband with Hospital Leaders in Southwestern Wisconsin
In a conference room filled with hospital leaders from across his district, Sen. Howard Marklein spent over an hour talking about issues impacting rural Wisconsin health care. In the HEAT Roundtable held September 12 and hosted by CEO David Hartberg at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics, Marklein heard from hospital leaders about the impact of Medicaid payment on the operations of hospitals, clinics and nursing homes and about how health care workforce shortages are having an impact on access to care in rural communities.
Marklein spent time talking about his work with the Legislative Council Study Committee on Rural Broadband, referencing a recent presentation provided to the Committee by WHA General Counsel Matthew Stanford and two representatives of Hospital Sisters Health System in Eau Claire. Marklein also talked about the value Wisconsin’s employers are receiving in the state’s worker’s compensation program, especially when looking at the total cost of care and return-to-work statistics that are lower than nearly every other state in the nation.
This story originally appeared in the September 16, 2016 edition of WHA Newsletter