Health Advocates in 9 Wisconsin Cities Urge Lawmakers to Expand BadgerCare

Health Advocates in 9 Wisconsin Cities Urge Lawmakers to Expand BadgerCare

Full Legislature has the opportunity this week to override disastrous Finance Committee rejection of federal Medicaid expansion

For Immediate Release–June 24, 2019
Contact: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324 [email protected]

 

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.
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Report: Medicaid Expansion Removes Critical Financial Barriers to Treating Opioid Addiction

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

Applauds Governor Evers for Expanding BadgerCare

For Immediate Release, February 28, 2019
Contact: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324, [email protected]

Applauds Governor Evers for Expanding BadgerCare

Reigning in Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Prices

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

Creation of a Crisis: How the Pharmaceutical Industry Chooses Profit Over People

Citizen Action of Wisconsin joins national release of report revealing how drug company profits and CEO pay put lives at risk

For Immediate Release

February 21, 2019

CONTACTs:

Robert Kraig, Citizen Action of Wisconsin (414) 322-5324, [email protected]wi.org

Ariela Weinberger, Roosevelt Institute, [email protected]

Milwaukee: Citizen Action of Wisconsin is joining the Roosevelt Institute and People’s Action in  releasingProfit Over Patients: How the Rules of our Economy Encourage the Pharmaceutical Industry’s Extractive Behavior.” Read More

January 23, 2019

Is great first step towards fulfilling public mandate to guarantee affordable health care in Wisconsin

For Immediate Release, January 23, 2019

Contact: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324, [email protected]

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

October 31, 2018

For Immediate Release– October 31, 2018.

Contacts: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324 [email protected] or Kevin Kane (414) 550 8280, [email protected]

New federal data shows allowing Wisconsinites to buy-into Badgercare as a “Public Option” would slash premiums and deductibles. Data also shows gap with Minnesota is widening

STATEWIDE: On a media call Wednesday morning Citizen Action of Wisconsin, with key state lawmakers 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, both members of the powerful Joint Finance Committee which writes the state budget. Listen to the entire audio here. Read More

October 11, 2018

For Immediate Release– October 11, 2018

Contact: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324 [email protected]

Walker’s election year plan impacts a tiny fraction of health consumers, is dwarfed by premium reductions in neighboring Minnesota, and does not make up for cost of his sabotage

Statewide: After 7 years of working to sabotage the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin, Scott Walker is making misleading claims about reducing health care costs just weeks ahead of a close election. The public has a right to know his real record on health care access and affordability. Read More

April 4, 2018

For Immediate Release– April 4, 2018

Contacts: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324 [email protected]
Matt Brusky, (414) 315-4127 [email protected]
Comment from Citizen Action organizers and members around the state available upon request.

At least 49 Members win races for local office and build progressive power across Wisconsin

Statewide: On Tuesday scores of Citizen Action of Wisconsin members were elected to local office, many of them with the volunteer support of local Citizen Action members who made phone calls, canvassed, and engaged in get-out-the-vote activities. Read More