Dear Friends,

Wisconsin continues to build a reputation as one of the best states for business. This week, CNBC rated our state as the 15th best in the nation . That's two spots higher than 2018. The network gave our state high marks in education (5th in the nation!) and had concerns about the amount of regulation businesses face.

It wasn't that long ago that Wisconsin was ranked as one of the worst states for business. We were able to turn all that around with careful budgeting, tax cuts, and reforms like prevailing wage and Right-to-Work.

Governor Evers tried to turn back the clock on our state and make it harder to create family-supporting jobs. He also tried to raise taxes and remove reforms that are critical to our improving reputation. Thankfully, Republicans stopped the governor's anti-business initiatives. Wisconsin will continue to be open for business for a long time.

As always, if you have any concerns or ideas on how to improve our great state, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 608-266-5830 or by email at Sen.Darling@legis.wi.gov.

On, Wisconsin!
Step Therapy Bill Now Law
Patients in Wisconsin will soon have an easier time getting the care and medication their doctors prescribe. On Tuesday, Senate Bill 26 was signed into law. The bill reforms step therapy protocols in Wisconsin.

Step therapy is a process used by health plans that determines the order in which prescription drugs should be given to patients. While the goal is to lower health care costs, it can be an obstacle between patients and the care their doctors prescribe for them. The new law provides common-sense flexibility for doctors to work with their patients to make sure they are receiving the right care at the right time.

This is a huge victory for patients. It will be much easier for doctors to prescribe the medication or treatment their patients need without unnecessary red tape. I authored the bill with Representative John Nygren of Marinette. I'm happy to report it passed both houses unanimously.

I want to thank all the patient advocacy organizations who worked with Representative Nygren and I on this important piece of legislation. Your work has been vital to uplifting the passionate voices of the many patients you represent throughout the entire legislative process.
Home Dialysis Bill Signed
This week, Governor Evers signed a bill I authored that will cut red tape that makes it more expensive and difficult to get supplies for home dialysis. The bill had unanimous support in both houses of the Legislature.

Many patients with end-stage renal disease receive their supplies for in-home dialysis directly from a distribution center. Before my bill, dialysis distribution centers were required to staff a pharmacist, even though the centers only ship pre-packaged dialysis products to patients.

The new law exempts distribution centers from being forced to obtain a pharmacist license if they meet common-sense safety requirements.  This change will remove an unnecessary burden that raised costs for patients who need home kidney dialysis.
Expanding Health Care Access
Free and charitable clinics serve over 150,000 people in Wisconsin. However, there are still parts of our state that are under served. 

I'm working on a way to encourage more healthcare professionals to work in free and charitable clinics so more Wisconsinites will have access to healthcare.

State Representative Mary Felzkowski of Irma and I authored a bill to help providers who serve in free and charitable clinics to be eligible for loan forgiveness. This week, the bill had a public hearing in the Assembly's Health Committee.

Wisconsin already has a successful loan assistance program for healthcare professionals who practice in a rural or eligible practice areas. Our bill adds free and charitable clinics to the loan program.

Free and charitable clinics are a crucial safety net for uninsured and under-insured residents of our state. This is a simple fix that will help make sure these clinics can continue to thrive and provide needed healthcare statewide.
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