Health Care

Every family needs and deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care services. People covered by health insurance are healthier, make less use of expensive emergency room services, do better in school and at work, and are more economically stable.

The Affordable Care Act, enacted by the federal government in 2010, has brought dramatic changes to the health care landscape across the nation and in Wisconsin. One of the ACA's key features is a health insurance marketplace through which eligible people can buy coverage beginning in 2014. One of the most critical issues regarding how health care reform plays out in Wisconsin will be the marketplace's ability to accommodate the large number of low-income people who are being forced by changes in BadgerCare eligibility rules to purchase their own insurance.

For much more information about the new health coverage marketplace see the federal governments website, and the Wisconsin enrollment outreach site

Congress is Out of Time and Excuses – They Must Renew Long-Term Funding for CHIP Now

Today marks 100 days since Congress has failed to renew long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Short-term fixes, like the one passed last month, won’t keep kids’ health care secure. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services recently admitted that it can’t guarantee that the short-term fix, intended to fund states for […]

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Congress Shouldn’t Put Tax Cuts for the Rich Ahead of Health Care for Kids

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired nearly three months ago, and Congress still has not passed legislation renewing the program. CHIP supports health care for nearly 9 million kids throughout the country and more than 100,000 in Wisconsin. Despite its history of strong bipartisan support, Congressional leadership is choosing to focus its […]

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Despite Trump Administration Actions Creating Turmoil, Affordable Care Act Will Insulate Many from Insurance Rate Hikes

The Trump administration has taken numerous steps to hinder the Affordable Care Act and could eventually cause many state insurance marketplaces to collapse, but the majority of Wisconsinites who get coverage through the ACA will be protected from the increased premiums that insurance companies announced for 2018. President Trump issued an executive order early this […]

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Senate Republicans Must Choose between a Bipartisan Path Forward or Continuing Unpopular Repeal and Replace Efforts

The Senate has only a few working days to decide what it is going to prioritize. It can focus on renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and stabilizing individual health insurance markets to protect people from rising premiums –both of which are popular ideas and have broad bipartisan support. Or it can attempt another […]

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Trump Continues Sabotaging the Most Centrist Part of the ACA

Since Congress failed to pass a bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republican lawmakers have been in a quandary.  Because they have been predicting for so long that the ACA was going to fail, some Republicans seemed to be determined to make that happen. However, others realize that the part of the law they can sabotage – the subsidized marketplace for private insurance – is critically important for millions of Americans and also a centrist approach for increasing access to health care. 

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