Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 253.07

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  • Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
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  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed; "year" alone means "year of our Lord". See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
   (1)    Definitions. In this section:
      (a)    “Family planning” means voluntary action by individuals to prevent or aid conception. “Family planning” does not include the performance, promotion, encouragement or counseling in favor of, or referral either directly or through an intermediary for, voluntary termination of pregnancy, but may include the providing of nondirective information explaining any of the following:
         1.    Prenatal care and delivery.
         2.    Infant care, foster care or adoption.
      (b)    “Family planning services” mean counseling by trained personnel regarding family planning; distribution of information relating to family planning; and referral to licensed nurse practitioners within the scope of their practice, licensed physicians or local health departments for consultation, examination, medical treatment and prescriptions for the purpose of family planning. “Family planning” does not include the performance, promotion, encouragement or counseling in favor of, or referral either directly or through an intermediary for, voluntary termination of pregnancy, but may include the providing of nondirective information explaining any of the following:
         1.    Prenatal care and delivery.
         2.    Infant care, foster care or adoption.
      (c)    “Women’s health funds” means state funds appropriated under s. 20.435 (1) (f) or federal funds received by the state under Title V of the federal Social Security Act, 42 USC § 701 to 713, that are allocated for the purposes described in this section.
   (2)   Department’s duties.
      (a)    The department shall provide for delivery of family planning services throughout the state by developing and by annually reviewing and updating a state plan for community-based family planning programs.
      (b)    The department shall allocate women’s health funds under its control in a manner which will promote the development and maintenance of an integrated system of community health services. It shall maximize the use of existing community family planning services by encouraging local contractual arrangements.
      (c)    The department shall coordinate the delivery of family planning services by allocating women’s health funds in a manner which maximizes coordination between the agencies.
      (d)    The department shall encourage maximum coordination of family planning services between county social services departments, family planning agencies and local health departments to maximize the use of health, social service and welfare resources.
      (e)    The department shall promulgate all rules necessary to implement and administer this section.
   (3)   Individual rights, medical privilege.
253.07(3)(a) (a) The request of any person for family planning services or his or her refusal to accept any service shall in no way affect the right of the person to receive public assistance, public health services or any other public service. Nothing in this section may abridge the right of the individual to make decisions concerning family planning, nor may any individual be required to state his or her reason for refusing any offer of family planning services.
      (b)    Any employee of the agencies engaged in the administration of the provisions of this section may refuse to accept the duty of offering family planning services to the extent that the duty is contrary to his or her personal beliefs. A refusal may not be grounds for dismissal, suspension, demotion, or any other discrimination in employment. The directors or supervisors of the agencies shall reassign the duties of employees in order to carry out the provisions of this section.
      (c)    All information gathered by any agency, entity or person conducting programs in family planning, other than statistical information compiled without reference to the identity of any individual or other information which the individual allows to be released through his or her informed consent, shall be considered a confidential medical record.
   (4)   Women’s health block grant services. From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (f) and subject to sub. (5), the department shall distribute the following amounts for all of the following:
      (a)    In each fiscal year, $225,000 to establish and maintain 2 city-based clinics for delivery of family planning services under this section, in the cities of Milwaukee, Racine, or Kenosha.
      (b)    In each fiscal year, $67,500 to subsidize the provision of papanicolaou tests to individuals with low income by entities that receive women’s health funds. In this paragraph, “low income” means adjusted gross income that is less than 200 percent of the poverty line established under 42 USC § 9902 (2).
      (c)    In each fiscal year, $54,000 to subsidize the provision of follow-up cancer screening by entities that receive women’s health funds.
      (d)    In each fiscal year, $31,500 as grants for employment in communities of licensed registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nurse-midwives, or licensed physician assistants who are members of a racial minority.
      (e)    In each fiscal year, $36,000 to initiate, in areas of high incidence of the disease chlamydia, education, and outreach programs to locate, educate, and treat individuals at high risk of contracting the disease chlamydia and their partners.
   (5)   Women’s health funds.
      (a)    The department shall distribute women’s health funds only to public entities. These funds may be allocated for any activities for which funds were provided under this section before July 1, 2011, including pregnancy testing; perinatal care coordination and follow-up; cervical cancer screening; sexually transmitted infection prevention, testing, treatment, and follow-up; and general health screening.
      (b)    Subject to par. (c), a public entity that receives women’s health funds under this section may provide some or all of the funds to other public or private entities provided that the recipient of the funds does not do any of the following:
         1.    Provide abortion services.
         2.    Make referrals for abortion services.
         3.    Have an affiliate that provides abortion services or makes referrals for abortion services.
      (c)    Providing abortion services, making referrals for abortion services, or having an affiliate that provides abortion services or makes referrals for abortion services solely under the circumstances described in s. 20.927 (2) does not disqualify an entity from receiving women’s health funds from a public entity under par. (b).