Governor Evers signs executive orders focusing on health care

Governor Evers made a stop at Gundersen Health System Tuesday.

The governor toured the La Crosse hospital during his stop.

Just one day into his term, Evers issued a pair of executive orders designed to fulfill his campaign pledge of increasing access and affordability to health care and insurance.

But the executive orders stop far short of Evers’ promises to expand Medicaid coverage and drop Wisconsin’s involvement in a multi-state lawsuit seeking repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Doing either of those things requires approval of the Republican-controlled Legislature.

“We felt it was important that we have affordable and accessible health care and one of the ways we’re going to do that is to make sure that we take the Medicaid expansion money that has cost the state of Wisconsin 1.1 billion dollars over the last eight years,” said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.

Evers is also directing a number of state agencies to implement plans or make recommendations to protect people with pre-existing conditions and protect against attempts to repeal the federal law.

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