Challenges of rural health care highlighted by Governor Evers

Evers and Baldwin tour Cashton facility

Governor Tony Evers with Senator Tammy Baldwin and State Senator Jennifer Shilling put the need for more rural health care in the spotlight today by touring Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center in Cashton.

This comes at a time when farmers and their families are under a lot of financial stress as trade issues continue to impact their income.

Wisconsin is the only state in the country that partially expanded eligibility for Medicaid but didn’t take the additional federal dollars available through the Affordable Care Act to cover most of the cost.

Governor Evers says he will continue to push for medicaid expansion, ” It’s a lot of money, millions of dollars per week that we’re sending some place else in this country to allow them to expand medicaid, to allow them to offer services that we could have here in the state of Wisconsin if we had that money. So we’re not giving up on that. ”

And the push is on for the Wisconsin Legislature to create a dental therapist license as part of an effort to address a dentist shortage, particularly in rural areas.

The position is a step below a dentist.

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