FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                    September 25, 2015

CONTACT STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE ROHRKASTE                                                          (608) 266-5719

Rep. Rohrkaste Begins Fall Session with a Vote to Increase Healthcare Access

Madison, WI – Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) is proud to have begun the fall session by supporting legislation that will increase access to healthcare for Wisconsinites, as well as legislation updating our adoption laws. Both pieces of legislation passed the Assembly with bipartisan support.

“Access to healthcare is a concern for people throughout the Fox Cities and Wisconsin, that is why this very important piece of legislation needed to be passed,” said Rep. Rohrkaste. “The bill we approved today will help bring better medical care to families throughout our state.”

Assembly Bill 253 allows Wisconsin to participate in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and simplifies the licensure process for doctors to practice medicine in multiple states. This legislation will help to increase access to medical care for people around Wisconsin, especially those in rural areas where we see an increased use of telemedicine.

The Assembly also passed Assembly Bill 41, which helps to ensure that foreign-born adopted children do not fall through the cracks in Wisconsin. This bill requires Wisconsin parents to officially adopt these children in the state to avoid any complications with their identity in the future.

Rep. Rohrkaste is also working on several other legislative priorities during the fall session. One of these priorities is the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, of which he is the chair. This task force, along with several bills, will be the main focus for the representative throughout the fall legislative session.