The pain of losing a child through stillbirth takes a huge emotional toll on families. It can also be a financial burden.
State Representative Joan Ballweg of Markesan and I are working on legislation to help at least ease the financial burden. Our bill had an emotional public hearing on Wednesday.
Many parents talked about undergoing the same medical costs as parents of a healthy newborn. Under federal law, parents receive a $1,000 tax credit for eligible children. If a child takes his or her first breath and then passes away, parents are still eligible for this credit. However, in Wisconsin, if a child is stillborn, parents are not eligible for this credit.
Our bill makes parents of a stillbirth eligible for a $2,000 refundable tax credit. I want to thank the parents of stillborn children who took the time to come to Madison and testify in favor of this bill.