Local legislators discuss medicaid expansion in Viroqua

Viroqua hosts a medicaid expansion session

Legislative Leaders in Wisconsin stopped by Viroqua to host a town hall on medicaid expansion Tuesday.

The free and public event is one of six town halls that Wisconsin Democrats are holding statewide.

Area legislators discussed providing more affordable, quality healthcare coverage to 82,000 additional people in Wisconsin, while saving the state $324 million over the biennium.

Speakers included Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), Representative Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) and Representative Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska).

Sen. Shilling discussed Governor Ever’s budget plan and talked about the benefits of expanding medicaid.

“Wisconsin is one of 14 states that has not expanded medicaid, it’s Wisconsin federal tax dollars that have been sent to DC” she explained “we want to recoup those dollars back to Wisconsin to help with opioid addiction treatment, and methamphetamines, help with behavioral health, and mental health services. But also we would see the benefit through higher reimbursement rates in our healthcare system”

The Wisconsin Democrats say that Governor Evers budget on medicaid expansion will help address workforce shortages, increase funding to long-term care programs, and reduce health disparities.

The next medicaid expansion session will be held in Beloit, Wisconsin at 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM, located at the Beloit Public Library.

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