Wisconsin Department of Health Services presents a Town Hall Meeting about Workforce, Public Health, and Medicaid Expansion.

Monday May 13th, 7:00 PM
The Unitarian Universalist Church West
13001 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee

Find out about the important work the Department of Health Services (DHS) does every day and Evers’ vision for the steps we can take together to address critical issues facing Wisconsin.

Better, more affordable care, covering more Wisconsinites.

Governor Tony Evers’ 2019-2021 budget expands Medicaid to 82,000 Wisconsinites and leverages hundreds of millions in new federal funding to make historic investments in the health and well-being of every Wisconsinite.

The budget:
  • Invests funding from the Medicaid expansion to help address health care needs throughout the state and improves health care quality and access by addressing provider reimbursement, tackling workforce shortages, and providing coverage for additional services and benefits.

  • Supports Wisconsin’s direct-care workforce through targeted funding increases to long-term care programs and services, including Family Care, nursing homes, and personal care.

  • Builds on our long history of leadership and innovation in health care by investing in preventive care and public health and focusing on the integration of behavioral health in the health care system.

This budget is being fought tooth and nail by Robin Vos
and his Republican cronies.

Please visit the DHS budget webpage . There you will find more information about Governor Evers' DHS budget proposal and fact sheets on important topics like workforce, public health, and Medicaid expansion.

Healthcare is an important issue to both our state
and Milwaukee County.

Come and participate!

A message from Dave Weingrod of our LPS Steering Committee about Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin

Dear Colleagues,

Representative Robin Vos, Senator Alberta Darling and Representative John Nygren announced that they intend on removing Medicaid expansion from Evers's state budget proposal.  This is the most cruel and fiscally irresponsible action they could have taken.  
Read an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about Tony Evers press conference in Milwaukee Thursday May 2nd.

Here is the reality.

1.  The Medicaid expansion means 82,000 Wisconsinites would now be covered by affordable health insurance who otherwise would not be.  This includes many of our students and families who otherwise cannot find affordable health care would be covered.  This is especially true for those that work for $8.50 and less.

2.   The Medicaid expansion would bring in around $325 million in to the Wisconsin budget. Yes it covers more people and we get more money (due to the federal government subsidy).  It is this money that covers many of Evers' other education initiatives including his boost to tech colleges.

3.  Overall it would bring about $750 million in health care spending in the Milwaukee County and about half a billion in to Waukesha County.  This both improves care, creates jobs and keeps patients out of expensive emergency room care who otherwise wait to take care of their medical needs until it is an emergency.

Please contact your state senator and legislator in the next day and urge them to keep the full Medicaid expansion in the budget.

Need to know who your state senator and state representative are?
Go to:  https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyElectedOfficials
Call: 608-266-9960 or 800-362-9472

Call and ask to speak to your representatives' office. Just state your name and address (so they know you are a constituent) and that you do not support taking Medicaid expansion out of the budget.

Thank you!

Dave Weingrod
Chair, AFT 212 COPE

LPS Lunch meeting widened understanding of
A Fair Deal for Milwaukee County

We had a good group to learn more about A Fair Deal for Milwaukee,
from our guests, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and
County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr.
Fair Deal is package of policy proposals to reform state/local funding systems.

County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele

Representative David Bowen

Our Emcee Jan Wilber

We all stand against racism.

If you have a post card, download a pdf with Milwaukee County Senators and Reps addresses