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Baldwin, Georgia senators propose federal alternative for states that refuse Medicaid expansion

BY: - July 13, 2021

Hoping to do an end-run around state governments that have refused to expand Medicaid, senators from two such states want to offer a federal alternative that would not require state approval. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) introduced a bill Monday that would create a federally run and funded Medicaid […]

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The perverse stinginess of the Wisconsin GOP

BY: - June 17, 2021

A couple of weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Education warned Wisconsin that we stand to lose $2.3 billion in federal funds for schools because the Republican-led Legislature’s budget so badly underfunds education that we fail to meet the minimum federal requirements for investing in kids.  The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimated last week the […]

How purple Pennsylvania did what Wisconsin has not — expand Medicaid

BY: - June 1, 2021

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf told Gov. Tony Evers that he is shocked by the extremes Wisconsin Republicans are going to in their efforts to stop Medicaid expansion, which his state passed and implemented under divided party control. In many states, including Pennsylvania, it has not been a red versus blue partisan battle to the extent […]

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Evers’ budget moves us toward a better, more equitable economy

BY: - April 26, 2021

For our state’s economy to work for everyone, Wisconsin needs to invest in healthy communities, working families and public infrastructure across the entire state. We also need a tax system that provides a level playing field for Wisconsin families and businesses, rather than a structure that gives an advantage to the well connected who rig […]

Baldwin: Open up the ACA marketplace enrollment now

BY: - April 8, 2020

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) has been pushing to make health insurance available to more Americans during the pandemic by reopening the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace, which normally has an open enrollment period in November and the first half of December. When the ACA was passed it included a provision that allowed for special enrollment […]

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Abortion is essential health care

BY: and - March 25, 2020

This week, the governors of Texas and Ohio banned abortion as “non-essential” health care.  As midwives, doctors, doulas and health care activists, we at Pregnancy Options Wisconsin can affirm that abortion health care is just as essential as health care for pregnancy and birth. During the shutdown of non-essential services in Wisconsin, pregnant people must […]

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Advocates push for state protections if Supreme Court overturns ACA

BY: - March 2, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear oral arguments in October in a case that seeks to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA), with a ruling expected after the 2020 presidential election.  “The timing cynically capitulates to the Trump Administration’s politically-motivated request to move until after the 2020 election what would be […]

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Analysts: BadgerCare changes will reduce health coverage

BY: - January 31, 2020

New BadgerCare charges for childless adults enrolled in or applying for Wisconsin’s version of Medicaid could leave more low-income state residents without health coverage, a Madison health analyst says — further reversing the state’s one-time leadership in expanding health coverage. 

‘Real rush’ of Trump rules expected ahead of 2020 election

BY: - December 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will affect everything from auto emissions to food stamp access. With the November presidential election approaching, the administration is widely expected to make a push to wrap up pending regulations early in 2020 in an effort […]

U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris flank former Vice President Joe Biden at the second Democratic presidential debate in Detroit. (Photos by Andrew Roth)

Biden’s record on crime, immigration attacked in 2nd Detroit debate

BY: - August 1, 2019

DETROIT — The Democratic Party brought its two night of debates in downtown Detroit to a close Wednesday, as frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden fended off challengers trying to gain a foothold in what has so far been a mostly static primary since his entrance in April. Tuesday’s debate with the 10 other qualifying candidates in […]

Dems split on health care, manufacturing in Detroit debate

BY: - July 31, 2019

Ten candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination argued Tuesday night that they represent the best chance to deny President Donald Trump re-election, with their approaches spanning the ideological spectrum as the party moves forward from its 2016 surprise defeat. In this second round of Democratic debates, CNN moderators Jake Tapper, Don Lemon, and Dana Bash […]

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Could Medicaid expansion get a second life?

BY: - July 23, 2019

It was a key plank in candidate Tony Evers’ campaign health-care platform during last year’s governor’s race: Reverse former Gov. Scott Walker’s rejection of federal funds to expand Wisconsin’s Medicaid coverage. But with his Medicaid expansion plan stripped out of the budget by the Republican-dominated legislature, the governor and health care advocacy groups are looking […]