Wisconsin supporters of the Affordable Care Act are urging people to sign up through HealthCare.gov, now that the site's performance has improved. A national poll, however, indicates young people may not be planning to sign up in the numbers that the federal government hopes they will.
Scott Walker shakes hands with Brian Brueggeman after signing a bill at Independent Living Resources in La Crosse that puts more funding towards DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. DVR placed Brian with a company that tears down old homes and farms.
A deal over the federal budget may be close, as negotiations between Congressional Democrats and Republicans are expected to continue over the weekend. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc), who voted against the deal to re-open the government in October, says he's optimistic.
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The Assembly's budget committee approved a plan that would delay changes to BadgerCare's eligibility requirements until people who will become ineligible have a chance to sign up for health coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Today, the legislature's budget writing committee takes up Governor Walker's proposal to delay moving more than 70,000 people off Wisconsin's Medicaid program, Badgercare. The delay is intended to provide more time for them to sign up for private insurance on the federal marketplace.
Officials in Trempealeau County are looking to ease restrictions on frac sand mines' hours of operations. The hope is that the effort will discourage companies from using city annexation to avoid county rules.
Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius toured a community health center in Milwaukee this afternoon. During her visit, she met with patients and encouraged Gov. Scott Walker to sign up for more federal money to expand state management of the Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc) is urging Governor Walker to delay his plan to push nearly 80,000 people off of the state's Medicaid plan, known as BadgerCare. Baldwin fears technical problems and a short transition period could leave thousands without insurance next year.
The bills, which got strong bipartisan support in the Assembly, address everything from training cops on how to deal with the mentally ill to getting psychiatric services in underserved areas of the state.