Wisconsin Health Care Association Inc.

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
The Wisconsin Health Care Association (WHCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to representing, protecting and advancing the interests of Wisconsin’s long-term and post-acute care provider community and the residents they serve. The Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living (WiCAL) is a division of WHCA that advocates for assisted living facilities by helping our members provide the highest quality services to the Badger State’s frail and elderly citizens. WHCA/WiCAL represents skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, Community Based Residential Facilities, Residential Care Apartment Complexes, and home health agencies.

Lobbying Interests:
Medical assistance reimbursement to skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Regulation of nursing homes and assisted living facilities by the Department of Health Services and other relevant state agencies.

CEO Name:
Rick Abrams
Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs

Contact
JPS
James P Stoa
131 W Wilson St, Suite 1001
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-0125
(608) 257-0025
jstoa@whcawical.org
http://www.whcawical.org

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
Allison M Cramer Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 1/4/2021 Withdrawn On 8/15/2022
Ramie Zelenkova Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 1/4/2021 Withdrawn On N/A
Katie White Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 1/4/2021 Withdrawn On N/A
Jim Stoa Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 1/4/2021 Withdrawn On N/A
William R Abrams Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 1/7/2021 Withdrawn On N/A
Brian Purtell Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 1/7/2021 Withdrawn On N/A

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

January 2021 Special Session Senate Bill 1
January 2021 Special Session Senate Bill 1
Relating to: transactions with the Department of Workforce Development under the unemployment insurance law, funding for unemployment insurance modernization efforts, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 4

For
Notification Date
2/24/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
Support 2021 Special Session Senate Bill 1 as amended by Senate Substitute Amendment 1.
Assembly Bill 1
Assembly Bill 1
Relating to: state government actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
1/8/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 5
Assembly Bill 5
Relating to: facilitating and prioritizing COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
1/25/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 25
Assembly Bill 25
Relating to: prohibiting mandatory vaccination for employment.

Bill Text and History

None
Notification Date
3/5/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Supporting Documentation
20210305_LTC Provider AB25 Written Testimony - 3.3.2021.pdf

Assembly Bill 148
Assembly Bill 148
Relating to: state response to COVID-19 related to health services and practice of health care providers licensed outside of this state.

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 10

Other
Notification Date
3/9/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Supporting Documentation
20210309_WHCA AB-148 Comment.pdf

Assembly Bill 236
Assembly Bill 236
Relating to: payments to certain long-term care facilities and their staff. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
4/7/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 930
Assembly Bill 930
Relating to: disregarding earned income for purposes of determining eligibility for certain public assistance programs. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/14/2022
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 960
Assembly Bill 960
Relating to: battery or threat to a health care provider or staff member of a health care facility and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 209

For
Notification Date
2/10/2022
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 5
Senate Bill 5
Relating to: prohibiting mandatory vaccination for employment.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
1/25/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Supporting Documentation
20210125_LTC Provider SB5 Written Testimony - 1.21.2021.pdf

Senate Bill 202
Senate Bill 202
Relating to: state response to COVID-19 related to health services and practice of health care providers licensed outside of this state.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
3/19/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Joint Resolution 3
Senate Joint Resolution 3
Relating to: terminating the COVID-19 public health emergency, including all emergency orders and actions taken pursuant to declaration of the public health emergency.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
1/26/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Budget Bill Subjects

Health Services: Departmentwide
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Health Services: Departmentwide

Notification Date
2/17/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Health Services: Medicaid Services
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Health Services: Medicaid Services

Notification Date
2/17/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

Certification of programs for training and testing nurse aides and feeding assistants
Agency Name
Department of Health Services (DHS)

Subject
Certification of programs for training and testing nurse aides and feeding assistants

SS 053_20
For
Notification Date
2/5/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Comments
WHCA/WiCAL supports this Emergency Rule and supports DHS's request for a second 60-day extension to maintain the EmR through May 6, 2021.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

Ch. 150 Regulation of Health Services
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Ch. 150 Regulation of Health Services

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
6/3/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Reimbursement of wheelchairs and power mobility devices for recipients of Medical Assistance who reside in a nursing home.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Reimbursement of wheelchairs and power mobility devices for recipients of Medical Assistance who reside in a nursing home.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/8/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Wisconsin's Long Term Care Workforce Crisis
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Wisconsin's Long Term Care Workforce Crisis

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/4/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

2021-23 State Budget - Long-Term Care Services, Medicaid
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
2021-23 State Budget - Long-Term Care Services, Medicaid

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/4/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

COVID-19 and related topics
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
COVID-19 and related topics

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/4/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Total Lobbying Effort

  2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2021
January - June
$40,983.06
2021
July - December
$37,078.75
2022
January - June
$45,128.75
Total $123,190.56
Total Hours Communicating 2021
January - June
231.25
2021
July - December
119.25
2022
January - June
145.30
Total 495.80
Total Hours Other 2021
January - June
455.85
2021
July - December
240.60
2022
January - June
228.95
Total 925.40

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: transactions with the Department of Workforce Development under the unemployment insurance law, funding for unemployment insurance modernization efforts, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
1 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: facilitating and prioritizing COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
1 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: payments to certain long-term care facilities and their staff. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
1 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: state government actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: prohibiting mandatory vaccination for employment.
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: prohibiting mandatory vaccination for employment.
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: terminating the COVID-19 public health emergency, including all emergency orders and actions taken pursuant to declaration of the public health emergency.
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: state response to COVID-19 related to health services and practice of health care providers licensed outside of this state.
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
6 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 3 %
Relating to: battery or threat to a health care provider or staff member of a health care facility and providing a penalty.
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
1 %
2022
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: disregarding earned income for purposes of determining eligibility for certain public assistance programs. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
4 %
2022
July - December
Total 1 %

Budget Bill Subjects

2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
5 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 2 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
60 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 29 %

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2 %
2021
July - December
3 %
2022
January - June
2 %
2022
July - December
Total 2 %

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
1 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total < 1%
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2 %
2021
July - December
12 %
2022
January - June
8 %
2022
July - December
Total 6 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
3 %
2021
July - December
45 %
2022
January - June
35 %
2022
July - December
Total 22 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
10 %
2021
July - December
25 %
2022
January - June
22 %
2022
July - December
Total 17 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
15 %
2022
January - June
25 %
2022
July - December
Total 10 %

Minor Efforts

(Time spent on matters each of which accounted for less than 10% of the organization's lobbying.)

Minor Efforts
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
3 %
2022
July - December
Total < 1%

Other Matters

No other matters found.

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures