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Health Group Applauds BadgerCare Expansion Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin Press   
Thursday, 08 August 2019 09:46

healthcareCitizen Action supports legislation to accept additional federal money to expand BadgerCare.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 August 2019 10:01
Bill Helps Homeowners Eliminate Toxic Lead Exposure in Homes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters   
Wednesday, 07 August 2019 13:47

baby-lead-paintConservation Voters urges you to support LRB 0892, currently circulating for co-sponsorship, that would create a tax credit of up to $1500 to permanently eliminate a lead hazard in a dwelling.

MADISON - Wisconsin Conservation Voters urges you to support LRB 0892, which is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

Lead poisoning, especially in young children, can lead to profound and permanent health problems, including damage to brain development. Young children in childcare centers – and even in their own homes – can be exposed to lead-contaminated water without their parents’ knowledge. LRB 0892 would help to incentivize removing lead hazards in homes by creating a non-refundable income tax credit of up to $1500 to permanently eliminate a lead hazard in a dwelling.


Conservation NOW (CNOW) announce the pro-conservation positions on issues before the senate, assembly and/or governor in the week ahead to state legislators. Others wishing to follow activities in the state legislature also receive CNOW, including legislative staff, conservation voters, and media. All of these issues are tracked on the Vote Tracker. Issues in the CNOW may appear in the Conservation Scorecard, to be released in the summer of 2020.

Wisconsin: Questioning Our Economy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 07 August 2019 08:35

family-worried-billsAn economy should work for all people, not just our country’s corporations. A successful economy is more than the unemployment rate. We need to understand the hidden factors in our economy that affect the way people work and raise a family.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2019 09:01
Erpenbach, Riemer Introduce Medicaid Expansion Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 14:33

health-care-costsProposal will prevent 2 billion Wisconsin tax dollars from going to other states.

Momentum for Medicaid Expansion Continues PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 09:43

healthcare-family-drDemocrats renew push for legislation to expand health coverage.

MADISON – As public support and momentum grows for expanding affordable health coverage for 82,000 Wisconsinites, Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) and Representative Daniel Riemer (D-Milwaukee) are introducing legislation that would accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid. A similar proposal included in Gov. Tony Evers’ original budget proposal was estimated to save taxpayers $324.5 million, but was blocked by Republicans. Additionally, a report by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance found that premiums were lower in states that expanded Medicaid than in states that did not.

jen-shilling“Democrats are committed to improving access to quality and affordable health care for children, families and seniors across Wisconsin,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “For years, Democrats have fought to accept Medicaid funds that would save taxpayers millions, direct more money to additional health initiatives, and free up state resources for schools, roads and job training. Without Medicaid expansion, Wisconsin taxpayers will pay more than $2 billion in federal income taxes over the next two years for other states like New Jersey to expand their Medicaid programs. These are Wisconsin tax dollars that should be invested in Wisconsin, not New Jersey.”

States that have accepted federal dollars to expand Medicaid saw positive impacts on their economies including: an increase in providers in rural areas, reductions in uncompensated care, reductions in medical debt, and better reimbursement rates to attract and retain medical professionals. Additionally, a recent study showed that states that expanded Medicaid saw a significant decrease in infant mortality rates. In the latest Marquette Law Poll, 70% of Wisconsin residents approve of accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid.

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