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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.

Obama calls on Americans to reject leaders who feed 'climate of fear and hatred' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Monday, 05 August 2019 17:22

obamaWASHINGTON, D.C. - Former President Obama on Monday called for action in response to back-to-back mass shootings over the weekend and urged Americans to "soundly reject" leaders who feed "a climate of fear and hatred."

Dow drops 900 points on China trade worries PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Monday, 05 August 2019 15:13

donald-trumpNEW YORK, NY - U.S. stock markets plummeted on Monday following China's move to devalue its currency, Beijing's latest step in a tense faceoff on trade with President Trump.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 900 points, or 3.5 percent, in its worst one-day drop in 2019. The S&P 500 had fallen 107 points late in the trading session, or 3.7 percent.

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Wisconsin To Get Lower Rates on Individual Health Insurance Market PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 02 August 2019 19:47

affordable careGovernor announces that 2020 rates will be 3.2 percent lower than in 2019.

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