Strengthen BadgerCare Act

Released at: February 04, 2013
Contact: Kevin Kane

Bill to be unveiled tomorrow to strengthen BadgerCare:

For Immediate Release
February 4, 2013
Rep. Jon Richards, (608) 266-0650
Sen. Jon Erpenbach, (608) 266-6670
-Media Advisory-

Bill to Strengthen BadgerCare to be unveiled Tuesday

Proposal closes coverage gap, saves the state millions, creates jobs

Madison—A bill to repair some of the harm that was done to Wisconsin’s middle-class families in the last state budget will be unveiled Tuesday at the State Capitol by Rep. Jon Richards, Sen. Jon Erpenbach, uninsured families, a physician, health care advocates and other state lawmakers.

The Strengthen BadgerCare Act would capitalize on federal financing that’s now available to extend health coverage to the uninsured, save taxpayers money, help create jobs and lower taxes on Wisconsin employers.

What: Announcement of the Strengthen BadgerCare Act

When: Tuesday, February 5, 11:00 a.m.

Where: Assembly Parlor, State Capitol

Who: Rep. Jon Richards, Sen. Jon Erpenbach, Rep. Sandy Pasch, Rep. Chris Taylor, uninsured families, Dr. Jeff Huebner and health care advocates

Organizational supporters include: Citizen Action of Wisconsin, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, ABC for Health, AFT Wisconsin, AFT Local 212, Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, National Physicians Alliance, Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans, Wisconsin Intergenerational Aging Network, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, One Wisconsin Now, Mental Health America of Wisconsin, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network, Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin, National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter Institute for Wisconsin's Future, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, Rock Valley Education Professionals, Lakewood UniServ Council, Grassroots Northshore, Wisconsin PNHP (Physicians for a National Health Program).

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