WHCA/WiCAL and our members have seen many successes through the last legislative session.

As the 2023-25 legislative session draws to a close and WHCA/WiCAL’s attention turns to supporting candidates during the campaign season, we reflect on a successful legislative floor session, outlined below.

The LTC sector’s previous legislative successes did not occur by accident. As the 2024 campaign season nears, it is imperative that providers assemble the resources to position our sector to build on past successes. By contributing to the WHCA/WiCAL PAC, you are investing in the future of long-term care in Wisconsin. Extending the reach of our PAC means we’ll have greater opportunities to communicate with legislators the LTC provider community’s legislative concerns, which will translate to a more favorable outlook for the future of long-term care.

The WHCA/WiCAL PAC accepts personal checks and personal credit card donations.

2023 budget successes included:

SNF Medicaid Reimbursement

  • Maintaining the Medicaid funding increases that nursing facilities received in the 2021-23 state budget for the Direct Care-Nursing cost center to maintain the payment standard of the median facility cost + 25%;
  • An additional $146 million in state and federal funds for the Support Services cost center, to set a standard of the median facility cost + 25%;
  • $31 million in state and federal funds to ensure that nursing home provider incentives actually serve as incentives by having incentives calculated outside of a facility’s total rate;
  • $10 million in state and federal funds to increase reimbursement for nursing facility-based ventilator care;

Family Care Funding

For Family Care providers, $264 million in additional state and federal funding, including:

  • $38.5 million for the Direct Care Workforce Fund, and
  • $226 million over the biennium to maintain a 5% cost-to-continue increase for HCBS.


$2 million in state funds to continue Wisconsin’s WisCaregiver Careers nurse aide training and certification program.

Please contact WHCA/WiCAL CEO Rick Abrams with questions or to inquire about corporate dollar opportunities.

There are two ways to donate:

1. Donate with a personal credit card. Click HERE!

2. Donate with a personal check.
Please make checks payable to:
3902 Milwaukee Street, #7235
Madison, WI 53714

2024 WHCA/WiCAL PAC Donors

PLATINUM PLUS ($5,000+ in 2024)

PLATINUM ($2,500-$4,999 in 2024)

DIAMOND ($1,000-$2,499 in 2024)

Tim Madden, Dungarvin

David Mills, North Shore Healthcare

Jeff Hoehn, North Shore Healthcare

Mark Ruvel, Champion Care

Direct Supply PAC

Rick Abrams, WHCA/WiCAL

GOLD ($500-$999 in 2024)

Darren Gee, North Shore Healthcare

Sean Bailey, North Shore Healthcare

Tina Schrader-Berte, North Shore Healthcare/Pro Ed Continuum

Jacob Jeidel, EOM Healthcare Group

SILVER ($250-$499 in 2024)

Chad Basche, North Shore Healthcare

BRONZE ($25-$249 in 2024)

Jamie Mata, Carriage Healthcare

Laura Holmstrom, North Shore Healthcare

Kris Sprtel, Congregational Home

Jim Stoa, WHCA/WiCAL

Jenny Abernathy, North Shore Healthcare

Colleen Patzer, North Shore Healthcare

Linda Mitchell, North Shore Healthcare

Gail Jacobson, North Shore Healthcare

Sarah Kloehn, North Shore Healthcare

Tina Thomas, Columbus Health and Rehab

Nicole Burger, Columbus Health and Rehab