Statewide: A day before the full Legislature begins voting on the state budget, Citizen Action members led a statewide health care day of action urging lawmakers to accept federal Medicaid money to expand Wisconsin’s popular BadgerCare program. Citizen Action members also trekked to Madison from across the state to lobby their legislators one last time before the big votes in the Assembly and Senate. Read More
New report shows anti-opioid medications cost 72-times more on average for Wisconsinites denied BadgerCare due unaffordable private insurance copays
STATEWIDE: At a Capitol news conference and a media call today legislators, health advocates, addiction experts, and consumers released a new Citizen Action report showing that expanding Medicaid (BadgerCare) would have a sizable and beneficial impact on addressing opioid addiction for working Wisconsinites. This research is timely both because deaths from opioid continue to climb (In 2017, there were 926 overdose deaths involving opioids in Wisconsin) and because the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is expected to take an initial vote on Thursday on BadgerCare expansion. Watch Wisconsin Eye’s coverage of the Capital news conference here. Listen to audio of the media call here. Read More
Citizen Action Participates in Historic Medicare for All Hearings and Actions in Washington, D.C.
The growing movement to establish health care as a fundamental human right achieved a major milestone this week when the Rules Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives conducted the first ever hearing on Medicare for All. Because to the incredible work of our members to make us a health care leader, and the growing influence of our national affiliate People’s Action, Citizen Action of Wisconsin had a direct role in this historic hearing. Read More
New federal data shows allowing Wisconsinites to buy-into Badgercare as a “Public Option” would slashpremiums and deductibles. Data also shows gap with Minnesota is widening. For previous year data, click here or here
On a media call on Oct 31st, Citizen Action of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals released a new analysis which has major implications for the high profile health care debate in the 2018 election. We were joined on the audio news conference by State Senator LaTonya Johnson and State Rep. Chris Taylor. Listen to the entire audio here.
The analysis, based on just released federal data crunched by Citizen Action, shows that Governor Walker’s refusal to build on the Affordable Care Act is forcing Wisconsinites to pay thousands more for health insurance on the individual market. In some high cost regions of the state, Wisconsin families are paying over $24,000 per year more per year!Read More
Is great first step towards fulfilling public mandate to guarantee affordable health care in Wisconsin
Statewide: Citizen Action of Wisconsin members across the state are applauding Governor Evers for including BadgerCare expansion in his state budget. This great health care advance will be formally announced to a joint session of the Legislature tonight in the Governor’s first State Budget Address.Read More
Statewide: In response to the first State of the State Address of Tony Evers, Citizen Action of Wisconsin members across the state applaud the Governor’s firm commitment to including BadgerCare expansion in the state budget.
“Claiming hundreds of millions in federal tax dollars already set aside for Wisconsin to expand BadgerCare to more low income families is a great first step in fulfilling the election mandate to guarantee affordable quality health care,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.Read More
2018 Election Establishes Mandate for Bold Healthcare Reform
Citizen Action members help set agenda for health care, and show growing grassroots power, making tens of thousands of door knocks and phone calls
Years of grassroots organizing by Citizen Action of Wisconsin members across the state helped build healthcare into the dominant issue in the 2018 elections. The election results create a mandate for Governor Evers to pursue Medicaid Expansion, a BadgerCare Public Option, Long Term Care Reform, and meaningful action on runaway prescription drug prices.Read More
In U.S. Senate debate Vukmir makes stunningly false claim that pre-existing conditions discrimination was not an issue before passage of the Affordable Care Act
Milwaukee: In a debate Monday evening U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir made the startling assertion that before the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions was prevented by federal law. This shockingly false claim contradicts both the historical record and the lived experiences of thousands of Wisconsinites who were subjected to discrimination before the ACA made it illegal.Read More
Statewide: Scott Walker’s declaration that he would protect people with pre-existing conditions from discrimination is in sharp contrast to his actual record as governor and any policy proposal he has made to date, raising the specter that he is deliberately misleading voters in order to deflect a major campaign issue.Read More