Make Your Voice Heard
Since 1951, WHCA/WiCAL has been the voice of “Advocacy, Education & Excellence” in Wisconsin’s long-term provider community. WHCA/WiCAL member facilities provide excellent care to Wisconsin’s most frail, disabled, and elderly citizens. Government advocacy is a critical part of whether the long-term care provider community has the resources they need to provide the care that the Badger State’s frail and elderly deserve.
Skilled nursing/therapy centers employees in Wisconsin pay state income, sales and property taxes that generate significant state tax revenue. Likewise, individuals in the 27,000+ jobs created as a result of skilled nursing/therapy centers operations are the sources of substantial additional tax revenue for Wisconsin. As reflected in the NorthStar analysis, skilled nursing/therapy centers are the catalyst for payment of almost $257 million in state income, sales, property tax and municipal fees revenue.
he financial stability of skilled nursing/therapy centers is clearly necessary for providing quality care and services to Wisconsin’s most frail and vulnerable citizens. As the NorthStar report validates, maintaining that stability is equally essential for preservation, stimulation and growth of state and local jobs and economies.
Increased Medicaid funding for skilled nursing/therapy centers will provide improved quality of care for the expanding numbers of elderly who require and receive skilled nursing care. The effect on quality care will be accompanied by a corresponding positive impact on stimulation of employment and the economy in the communities that skilled nursing/therapy centers serve. Given the staggering $355 million differential between the annual cost and Medicaid payment for skilled nursing/therapy center services, the immediacy of the need for additional funding cannot be questioned. Both the need and urgency for providing increased funding are intensified by the impact that funding will have on the stability and growth of jobs and the economy.
As legislators must appreciate the importance of the role of skilled nursing/therapy centers in serving a community’s most frail and elderly members, so must they be aware of the major economic presence a skilled nursing/therapy center has in its community. Equally important, is an appreciation for the magnitude and effect of the economic void that will be created if skilled nursing/therapy centers are denied the resources and funding essential to fulfilling their role and maintaining operations.Government policies have substantial implications on long-term care.