October 6, 2016
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neighbors and being involved in our community is of the utmost
importance. Some community events that might be of interest to you and
your family are listed below.
2016 Milwaukee Canoes for a Cause
Description: 2016 marks the 5th annual Milwaukee Canoes for a Cause -- hosted by Milwaukee Riverkeeper, the Urban Ecology Center, and Leinenkugel Brewing Co. The event will feature a clean-up and canoe ride along the Kinnickinnic River followed by a cookout at Steny's Tavern & Grill. For more information on this event or to get involved, CLICK HERE.
Milwaukee Film Festival
Screening of "Waking in Oak Creek"
Location: South Milwaukee
Milwaukee Public Library will screen the movie "Waking in Oak Creek"
about the Sikh Temple massacre. After watching the 30 minute
documentary, there will be a community talk back featuring the Mayor of
South Milwaukee Erik Brooks, the Mayor of Oak Creek, Stephen Scaffidi,
and a son of one of the victims, Pardeep Kaleka. Registration is
To register, CLICK HERE.
South Milwaukee Public Library
1907 10th Ave, South
Milwaukee, WI 53172
MPS Central Services
Trek 'n Treat at Grant Park
100 Hawthorne Ave.
South Milwaukee, 53172
Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,
|Affordable Health Care for You and Your Family|
All of us deserve the freedom and ability to see a doctor when we feel sick and to get regular checkups to prevent chronic illness -- without having to worry about needing to forgo paying for housing or groceries. While the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided health care access and security to millions of Americans, the Walker administration and legislative Republicans have intentionally rejected other ways the law could save us money.
The benefits of the ACA are crucial to Wisconsin. In fact, the number of uninsured Wisconsinites fell by 195,000 from 2013-2015.
Earlier this year, President Obama came to Milwaukee as the city won the White House's Healthy Communities Challenge by newly enrolling about 38,000 people in a federal Marketplace plan. Across the state, our neighbors are embracing the benefits the ACA has brought.
The ACA created certain health care
standards across the country, like ending the unhealthy practice of
claiming "pre-existing conditions" to end a person's insurance when they
need it most. This ensures our family and loved ones can no longer get
kicked off of their health care plan just because they get sick.
High Health Care Costs
Under these plans, insurance
companies have been able to reap profits from healthy people who often
do not fully utilize their coverage while other Wisconsinites -- who are
typically less healthy than those on transitional plans -- are forced to
enroll in more expensive plans. As a result of Republican partisan
neglect, insurance rates have increased by at least 10%.
With Low Out-of-Pocket plans, our neighbors in Milwaukee could save around $3,702 in average medical deductibles per year, per person. This is in addition to the $1,952 in savings to critical prescription medicine.
This strong letter, along with the individual stories shared with these companies from Wisconsinites, was deeply moving and convinced some insurers to move forward with offering Low Out-of-Pocket plans. Last week, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, lawmakers, and consumers announced that five major insurance carriers in Wisconsin are confirmed to be offering Low Out-of-Pocket health plans for 2017. Molina Healthcare, Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, and Network health will provide access to these plans in 42 Wisconsin counties, saving Wisconsin consumers over $209 million per year in medical deductibles and prescription costs.
Controlling Costs through Rate
This bill sought to strengthen
Wisconsin's "rate review" process.
While this bill did not pass last session, I look forward to continuing to work with Wisconsinites like Carla -- who are desperate for the Legislature to act to address health care costs -- as well as experts and other legislators to continue to call for action and push for the Legislature and the Walker administration to act.
Putting Politics over People by
Rejecting Federal Health Care Assistance
|Mental Health Awareness Week|
the first full week of October, the National Association of Mental
Illness (NAMI) raises awareness of mental illness. In honor of Mental
Illness Awareness Week 2016, NAMI has chosen to highlight five important
issues in the mental health community:
As part of their efforts to raise awareness, NAMI is asking individuals to participate in their #PledgeAgainstStigma Project.
Additionally, if you are a loved one is in need of mental health care services, NAMI Greater Milwaukee can provide resources and support.
|In Case You Missed It|
week, the Larson Report strives to provide up-to-date, in-depth
information to its readers. Between editions, a lot happens in Madison
and in our Wisconsin communities. I want to make sure you know the most
pressing issues facing our neighborhoods across the state. Below are
some of the top stories from the past couple of weeks:
|Know Who You're Voting For? Vote Early!|
Voting is our cornerstone American freedom. Recent news stories bringing to light the role dark money plays in our election system are a stark reminder that we must make our voice heard by casting our vote.
In an effort to expand voting access in Milwaukee, the City will increase the amount of hours available for our neighbors to vote early. Over 700 hours are scheduled, from now until the Saturday before Election Day.
The City of Milwaukee Election Commission -- like many communities across Wisconsin -- is looking for hardworking citizens that have a dedication to democracy and protecting voter rights to work at the polls. Election inspectors play a vital role at voting sites.
If you reside outside of the city of Milwaukee and are looking for opportunities to volunteer on Election Day or information on early voting in your jurisdiction, contact your municipal clerk.
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