September 6, 2018

For Immediate Release– September 6, 2018

Contact: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324 robert.kraig@citizenactionwi.org

Citizen_Action_Pre-Existing_Condition_Pledge_(1).jpgStatewide: Last night U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin signed a pledge issued by Citizen Action Wisconsin to protect Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions. Citizen Action of Wisconsin, which brings together health professionals and patients from across the state, called on U.S. Senate candidates Sen. Tammy Baldwin and State Sen. Leah Vukmir to sign a pledge not to repeal or weaken the provisions of the Affordable Care Act outlawing discrimination against people with health conditions. Approximately 2.4 million Wisconsinites have a health condition that could be designated a “pre-existing condition.”

The pledge, which Sen. Baldwin signed last night at virtual Town Hall meeting from Washington, D.C. before an audience of Wisconsin patients and medical professionals, reads:

“The consumer protection provisions of the Affordable Care Act have expanded access to health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents and ended discrimination by health insurers against those with pre-existing conditions.

If honored by the people of Wisconsin with election to the United State Senate, I hereby pledge to support the continuation of consumer protections enjoyed by millions of Americans since passage of the law and will oppose any attempts to re-introduce discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions into our health care system.”

The request to sign the pledge was issued to incumbent Senator Baldwin and State Senator Leah Vukmir by Citizen Action on August 16. State Senator Vukmir’s campaign received the pledge and has not yet responded or indicated whether or not she will sign it.

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