Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and the state Department of Health Services (DHS) today pledged an additional $80 million to support Wisconsin’s skilled nursing facilities through the end of the year. In addition, to address critical staffing shortages, DHS is partnering with the Departments of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and Workforce Development (DWD) to enhance existing efforts to strengthen the workforce in Wisconsin’s health care and long-term care settings.
“This has been an incredibly challenging time,” said Governor Evers. “And we can’t express our appreciation enough for the staff at all our skilled nursing facilities. We are truly grateful for their efforts in showing up to work every day and caring for our loved ones, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will continue to support them in any way we can.”
Over half of the allotted funds will be used to fund all eligible costs associated with the CARES Act Provider Payment program (CAPP), which aims to help skilled nursing facilities who experienced COVID-19 related losses or expenses. DHS is also investing an additional $30 million into a skilled nursing facility post-acute care admission incentive program.