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Healthcare: What’s Next? - Senator Kathleen Vinehout

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State Senator Jeff Smith
August 12, 2020

Back in April, I participated in a virtual roundtable discussion with Wisconsin’s frontline healthcare workers. Amidst the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic in Wisconsin, this group of healthcare workers shared deeply unsettling safety concerns related to the scarcity of COVID-19 testing, the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and healthcare affordability.


Comparing Wisconsinites' Health In 2018, County By County

November 28, 2018

Health is strongly influenced by where people live. Key factors that shape the health of Wisconsinites differ around the state, as does overall health. The factors affecting how healthy people in a community are include rates of smoking, poverty levels, access to health care services, and even commuting patterns. These factors help to create differences in both quality and length of life in all of Wisconsin's 72 counties.

Federal and State Decisions affect Health Insurance Premiums for Wisconsinites

July 25, 2018

Recent news on the health front should give Wisconsinites pause when considering the direction our state is headed related to affordable health coverage.

Penalizing People for Being Poor: Court Case Challenges Policy

Kathleen Vinehout
June 18, 2018

Do new strict requirements for Medicaid adopted by states violate the law? A federal court is set to decide after recent arguments presented by policy experts who said the requirements do violate law.

Confusing Health Coverage Dominates Thanksgiving Conversations

November 28, 2017

“My family conversations over Thanksgiving were all about health care,” Mary shared with me. “It’s all so confusing.”

Mary’s family is not alone. From recent conversations, I’m betting that health care dominated talk at many Thanksgiving gatherings.

Senate Health Care Bill has been released

June 22, 2017

As expected, the Senate version of the Republican Health Care Bill has been released. It is 142 pages long, so I have not yet had time to read it, but there is a summary at the Senate Budget website - the link is included. Note that the summary is written in Republican Happyspeak so that it sounds wonderful - like it will fix our healthcare problems, save you all a lot of money, and include a free trip to Disneyland for everyone.

Healthcare: What’s Next? - Senator Kathleen Vinehout

March 28, 2017
By Senator Kathleen Vinehout   “Obamacare is the law of the land,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told the nation. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”   The much-maligned Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010 will stay in place.