As we reported in an earlier issue of Kavod, Ovation Communities has been quite active advocating our government officials on important issues that affect our industry and the elderly that we serve. Part of those advocacy efforts included lobbying for an increase in Wisconsin’s Medicaid reimbursement rates to nursing homes and on that front, we have good news to share.

On July 3, Governor Tony Evers signed the state budget into law which included the following:

  • A $74 million increase in the Medicaid reimbursement rate to nursing homes. Overall, reimbursement to nursing home facilities will increase by 6% in 2019–20 and 1% in 2020–21.
  • An increase of $67 million over the biennium to support the Family Care direct care supplement paid to providers.
  • $91 million over the biennium to increase Medicaid reimbursement for personal care services.

The Ovation team thanks everyone who helped advocate for the increased budget. Your voices were heard. However, there is still more work to be done as the budget increase will not completely close the gap on Medicaid fee-for-services funding.

Governor Evers has pledged to continue to push for Wisconsin to accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars. We hope you will continue to speak out and advocate on this important issue. We encourage you to contact your state legislators and the Governor to thank them for supporting the state budget’s long-term funding increases and ask that they pledge to work to secure federal Medicaid expansion dollars for Wisconsin.