Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative is a non-profit health insurance cooperative and a federally designated Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) under federal law. Our cooperative was created to serve and advocate for the health insurance and health care needs of individuals and small employers living and working in the state of Wisconsin.

Lobbying Interests:
Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative advocates for policy changes we believe will have an impact on the cost, quality or accessibility of health insurance coverage or health care in Wisconsin. We represent insurance consumers, not the insurance industry, in our work with lawmakers. We will work to provide information on matters that impact the cost of medical care, the cost of pharmaceuticals and the insurance market in general but particularly the individual insurance market. We believe that consumers should have access to quality care, comprehensive coverage and clear and honest information that allows them to make informed choices about their health.

CEO Name:
Cathy Mahaffey

Contact
CM
Cathy Mahaffey
120 Bishops Way, Suite 150
Brookfield, WI 53005
(414) 409-6004
mduffy@commongroundhealthcare.org
http://www.commongroundhealthcare.org

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
Melissa Duffy Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 1/6/2023 Withdrawn On N/A

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Assembly Bill 32
Assembly Bill 32
Relating to: creating an individual income tax deduction for certain income earned by an individual from the practice of psychiatry or from providing psychiatric or mental health services. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
6/19/2023
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 103
Assembly Bill 103
Relating to: application of prescription drug payments to health insurance cost-sharing requirements.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
5/10/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 154
Assembly Bill 154
Relating to: advanced practice registered nurses, 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

For
Notification Date
6/19/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 176
Assembly Bill 176
Relating to: permitting pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptives, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
5/31/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 507
Assembly Bill 507
Relating to: prior authorization for coverage of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, chiropractic services, and other services under health plans.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
12/6/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 668
Assembly Bill 668
Relating to: licensure of dental therapists; extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures; providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures; providing an exemption from rule-making procedures; and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
12/6/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 773
Assembly Bill 773
Relating to: regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, fiduciary and disclosure requirements on pharmacy benefit managers, and application of prescription drug payments to health insurance cost-sharing requirements. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/12/2024
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 860
Assembly Bill 860
Relating to: nonprofit agricultural organization health benefit coverage.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
1/29/2024
First Communication Date
1/15/2024
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has communicated on this matter.
Senate Bill 31
Senate Bill 31
Relating to: creating an individual income tax deduction for certain income earned by an individual from the practice of psychiatry or from providing psychiatric or mental health services. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
6/19/2023
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 100
Senate Bill 100
Relating to: application of prescription drug payments to health insurance cost-sharing requirements.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
5/10/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 145
Senate Bill 145
Relating to: advanced practice registered nurses, 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

For
Notification Date
6/19/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 211
Senate Bill 211
Relating to: permitting pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptives, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
5/31/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 475
Senate Bill 475
Relating to: prior authorization for coverage of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, chiropractic services, and other services under health plans.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
12/6/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 645
Senate Bill 645
Relating to: coverage of routine care related to certain clinical trials by health insurance policies and plans. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Undisclosed
Notification Date
12/6/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 689
Senate Bill 689
Relating to: licensure of dental therapists; extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures; providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures; providing an exemption from rule-making procedures; and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2023 Wisconsin Act 87

For
Notification Date
12/6/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 737
Senate Bill 737
Relating to: regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, fiduciary and disclosure requirements on pharmacy benefit managers, and application of prescription drug payments to health insurance cost-sharing requirements. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
12/6/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 811
Senate Bill 811
Relating to: nonprofit agricultural organization health benefit coverage.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
1/29/2024
First Communication Date
1/15/2024
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has communicated on this matter.
Senate Bill 905
Senate Bill 905
Relating to: agreements for direct primary care.

Bill Text and History

Undisclosed
Notification Date
1/29/2024
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

Health insurance coverage mandates
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Health insurance coverage mandates

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
12/6/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Proposal that would impact assessments for long term care insurance insolvencies
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Proposal that would impact assessments for long term care insurance insolvencies

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
12/6/2023
First Communication Date
11/29/2023
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has communicated on this matter.

Health Coverage for Farmers
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Health Coverage for Farmers

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
12/6/2023
First Communication Date
12/1/2023
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has communicated on this matter.

Matters affecting the delivery of health care services to individuals in Wisconsin
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Matters affecting the delivery of health care services to individuals in Wisconsin

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
12/6/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Proposals related to direct primary care
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Proposals related to direct primary care

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
12/6/2023
First Communication Date
11/22/2023
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has communicated on this matter.

Considerations for the formation of a state-based exchange
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Considerations for the formation of a state-based exchange

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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.

State financial support for WHIO - Wisconsin Health Information Organization
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
State financial support for WHIO - Wisconsin Health Information Organization

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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.

The regulation of commercial health insurance
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
The regulation of commercial health insurance

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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.

Medical price transparency
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Medical price transparency

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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.

Out of network balance billing (surprise bills)
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Out of network balance billing (surprise bills)

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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.

All matters that impact the cost of pharmaceuticals
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
All matters that impact the cost of pharmaceuticals

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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.

The Wisconsin Healthcare Stability Plan
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
The Wisconsin Healthcare Stability Plan

Action Intended To Affect
Rule (by a state agency)

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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.

All matters that impact the cost of medical care
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
All matters that impact the cost of medical care

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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.

The development of guidelines for the association health plans
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
The development of guidelines for the association health plans

Action Intended To Affect
Rule (by a state agency)

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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 care and health insurance reform
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Health care and health insurance reform

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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.

State employee health benefits
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
State employee health benefits

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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.

Prompt pay discounts by health providers.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Prompt pay discounts by health providers.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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.

All matters relating to insulin pricing and efforts to protect consumers that rely on insulin
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
All matters relating to insulin pricing and efforts to protect consumers that rely on insulin

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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.

Pharmaceutical company discount programs and their application to cost sharing
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Pharmaceutical company discount programs and their application to cost sharing

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/6/2023
First Communication Date
2/3/2023
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has communicated on this matter.

Regulation of STLDI (short-term, limited duration plans)
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Regulation of STLDI (short-term, limited duration plans)

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/6/2023
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

  2023
January - June
2023
July - December
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2023
January - June
$28,218.75
2023
July - December
$29,644.39
Total $57,863.14
Total Hours Communicating 2023
January - June
61.75
2023
July - December
66.75
Total 128.50
Total Hours Other 2023
January - June
99.50
2023
July - December
99.00
Total 198.50

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: application of prescription drug payments to health insurance cost-sharing requirements.
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
10%
2023
July - December
1%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 6%
Relating to: permitting pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptives, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. (FE)
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
10%
2023
July - December
1%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 6%
Relating to: application of prescription drug payments to health insurance cost-sharing requirements.
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
10%
2023
July - December
1%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 6%
Relating to: permitting pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptives, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. (FE)
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
1%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: prior authorization for coverage of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, chiropractic services, and other services under health plans.
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
1%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: agreements for direct primary care.
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
1%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: prior authorization for coverage of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, chiropractic services, and other services under health plans.
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, fiduciary and disclosure requirements on pharmacy benefit managers, and application of prescription drug payments to health insurance cost-sharing requirements. (FE)
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
5%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 2%

Budget Bill Subjects

No budget bill subjects found.

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

No administrative rulemaking proceedings found.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
10%
2023
July - December
5%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 7%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
10%
2023
July - December
35%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 23%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
10%
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 5%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
1%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total < 1%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
1%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total < 1%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 1%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 1%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
3%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 2%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
3%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 2%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
3%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 2%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
5%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 3%

Minor Efforts

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

Minor Efforts
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
40%
2023
July - December
12%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 26%

Other Matters

Includes time spent on:

  • Gubernatorial nominations
  • Matters on which the organization made no lobbying communication

Other Matters
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
15%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 8%

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures