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Trump signs $2 trillion coronavirus relief package PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Saturday, 28 March 2020 10:26

trump-signs-caresCARES Act is the third legislative package approved by Congress in order to address the coronavirus crisis.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 March 2020 10:40
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Evictions and Foreclosures Suspended During Public Health Emergency PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Saturday, 28 March 2020 09:10

tenant-screeningProtects tenants during disruptions in paychecks due to losing hours, tips, business, or employment.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 March 2020 09:28
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Voting Rights Groups Sue Over Absentee Ballot Signature Mandate During COVID-19 Pandemic PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League of Women Voters Wisconsin   
Friday, 27 March 2020 16:29

voterWitness signature requirement called undue burden on eligible voters who live alone or without an adult U.S. citizen in the household from casting a vote.

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Evers Launches Wisconsin's COVID-19 PPE Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 27 March 2020 08:44

covid-19-hospital-icuGovernor hopes to gather personal protective equipment like gowns, gloves and masks to support our healthcare workers and first responders.

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Rep. Bowen Tests Positive for COVID-19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BOWEN PRESS   
Tuesday, 24 March 2020 14:09

covid-19-busUrges Constituents to Take Precautions, Stay at Home to Minimize Spread.

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Wisconsin Safer at Home Order Issued PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 24 March 2020 13:23

family-worried-billsGovernor Evers says we need to start taking this seriously to give our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers time to prepare for the wave that will soon be upon us.

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AG Kaul, Wisconsinites, Call on Trump to Defend Health Care Access PDF Print E-mail
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Written by WisDems Press, Philip Shulman   
Monday, 23 March 2020 14:34

affordable-care-actOn 10th anniversary of ACA, Wisconsin AG Josh Kaul and Wisconsinites who rely on the it highlight critical protections provided by the law and call on Trump administration to safeguard health care access.


MADISON, WI - Today, on the 10th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul held a press call highlighting the achievements made under the ACA and critical protections provided under the law that keep our communities healthy and safe. Attorney General Kaul was joined by Dr. John Harrington, as well as Sarah Conklin, who has pre-existing conditions and relies on the ACA to get the care she needs.

Currently, more than 2.4 million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions are protected under the law, and in 2019 over 200,000 Wisconsinites selected a marketplace plan during the open enrollment period. Trump has continuously pledged to preserve protections for people with pre-existing conditions and lower healthcare costs, but his continued attacks on the law are doing just the opposite.

You can listen to the full audio of the press call here or see what AG Kaul and other said, in part, below:

josh-kaulWisconsin AG Josh Kaul: "Today we recognize the 10th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act. This is legislation that transformed the state of Wisconsin and the country, protecting millions of people across the country with pre-existing conditions from being denied access to coverage.... Making sure that Americans have security with respect to their health care is always important, and it is especially important at this critical time....This is a time when Americans need greater security from our federal government. Americans have been asked to take extraordinary steps to help us fight the spread of the coronavirus. We need our federal government to take extraordinary steps as well. One way that it can support the American people as we fight this virus is by standing up for health security and dropping its attacks on the Affordable Care Act."

Dr. Timothy Harrington: “Since 2014, The Affordable Care Act has improved the care of patients with chronic diseases in Wisconsin by preventing insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, continuing young adults on their parents’ insurance, and funding insurance for more of those who couldn’t get insurance before...Since 2016, Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress have tried repeatedly to repeal the ACA in Congress and the Courts without offering any alternatives...The Coronavirus Pandemic is rapidly exposing the failures of Republicans’ health care policies and preparedness. Wisconsin’s citizens have a clear choice in the 2020 elections between electing Democrats in Washington and Wisconsin who will support access to health care for all, or condemning us to failed Republican approaches that would worsen our care and make it more costly.”

Sarah Conklin: “In the last 26 years I have given birth, had 16 surgeries, been diagnosed with relapsing/remitting Multiple Sclerosis and am a breast cancer survivor. All of this has meant countless health care procedures and prescription drugs I needed to recover and survive...While I still pay a substantial amount out of pocket, it would be impossible to pay without the protections I have for my pre-existing conditions...Many Wisconsinites gave Trump a chance in 2016 because he promised that he’d protect pre-existing conditions and lower health care and prescription drug costs. He has broken these promises over and over and over again. After failing to repeal the ACA in 2017, he has done everything in his power to undermine the law, and now has his Department of Justice challenging the law in the Supreme Court. My well being, the well being of my friends and neighbors, are all under threat because of President Trump...We can’t survive another four years of him in the oval office.”

 
Governor Suspends Utility Rules to Pave Way for Additional Consumer Protections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Monday, 23 March 2020 10:08

high-voltage-lines-farmsEvers wants to make sure folks don’t have to choose between keeping their utilities on and paying for other essentials.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2020 10:24
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New Order Gives Schools Flexibility During Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Monday, 23 March 2020 09:50

school-closedGovernor reassures students and parents by suspending administrative rules relating to hours of instruction, student teacher assessments during COVID-19 public health emergency.

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COVID-19 resources for Wisconsinites PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Godlewski, State Treasurer   
Monday, 23 March 2020 09:07

coronavirus-hand-sanState Treasurer offers helpful information in dealing with the crisis.


MADISON - I know we are facing trying times. COVID-19 is impacting not only the health of our loved ones but people’s livelihood. Yet despite it all, the people of Wisconsin continue to amaze me with their acts of kindness and generosity to those around them.

We are grateful to the health care professionals, the public safety officers, the day care providers and everyone else who are making sacrifices to help others. I know that together, we can make it through this.

sarah-godlewskiI’ve heard from a number of small business leaders from across the state who have shared their personal stories of having to shut down or lay off workers. I’m working with key government partners to provide support for our state businesses and have shared a few of those resources available below.

Beyond businesses, I also want to share some community resources for those in need.

I understand these resources will not help everyone, but they are an important start. I will continue to work to provide additional resources and information for workers and businesses who are navigating this time of uncertainty.

Food Security

  • Stores across the state are starting Senior Shopping Hours, so that those most at risk can shop safely.
  • Hunger Task Force is offering Stock Boxes, featuring cereal, milk, canned veggies and fruits, pasta or rice, protein, fruit juice, canned meats and 2 pounds of cheese, to low income Wisconsinites. If you want to help, donate here.


Resources for Small Businesses

  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is creating solutions for businesses. WEDC is working to provide $5 million in grants for small businesses of fewer than twenty people. Learn more about it here.
  • The Small Business Administration has approved Governor Evers’ request for loans for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply here.


Mental Health

  • If you are struggling with mental health, support is available. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746


Childcare and Resources for Students

  • The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has information for child care, including requests for assistance.


Volunteer Opportunities

  • No matter where you live in Wisconsin, there are opportunities for people looking to help out. Check out Volunteer Wisconsin for ways to support your community.


I was living near the Pentagon on 9/11. I remember in those hours and days after, that I didn’t know how we would possibly recover as a nation. But then I saw neighbors and friends giving blood, volunteering and helping each other get by, one day at a time.

This pandemic is unlike any crisis we have ever faced as a nation, but I know that, if we follow the safety precautions and continue to work together, we will be successful.

-Sarah

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 March 2020 10:13
 
Wisconsin Should Use BadgerCare to Fight COVID-19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin Press   
Saturday, 21 March 2020 14:59

covid-19-india-testFederal Emergency Declaration opens new avenues to guarantee everyone is tested and treated without cost sharing, fully covering all uninsured Wisconsinites say Healthcare advocates.

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