According to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, taking Medicaid expansion in 2014, would’ve saved the state $1.1 billion through 2019. Gov. Evers’ current 2019-21 plan would save the state $324 million and bring in $1.6 billion in additional money. Combining initiatives and other investments for the Department of Health, Gov. Evers’ plan would provide a total of $2.4 billion in new healthcare funding, including $23 million for Sauk County. Yet, the Republican controlled Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines to reject Medicaid Expansion.

The loss to Sauk County by rejecting Gov. Evers’ plan: $8.3 million in expanding Medicaid to an estimated 880 Sauk County residents; $1.1 million in increased funding for physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes; $4.3 million in increased funding for Medicaid, BadgerCare Plus, Senior Care, Foodshare and employment and training programs; $458,000 in expanded access to behavioral health; $936,000 for community health and postpartum coverage; $471,000 for preventing lead poisoning; $502,00 for dental services; and $57,000 for the support of the Mental Health Consultation program. Why would Sen. Marklein, a member of the JFC, say “No” to this for Sauk County? Call or email Sen. Marklein at 608-266-0703, sen.marklein@legis.wi.us.

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Tammy Wood, La Valle

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