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District News

Congratulations to New Berlin Eisenhower High School student Anjaly Nagarajan who completed the 2019 Senate Scholar Program. It was great to hear about her experience at the Capitol learning about the legislative process.

Dental Therapy

All Wisconsinites should have access to dental care, regardless of their zip code, which is why Representative Mary Felzkowski and I drafted a bill that will help underserved areas by allowing for the licensure of dental therapists.

Current law does not allow for mid-level dental providers to practice in Wisconsin because of licensure restrictions allowing only certain dental professionals. The wide scope of practice between hygienists and dentists has been successfully bridged in other states by dental therapists. When used in traditional dental offices, dental therapists will contribute to reducing costs for patients.

Our Dental Therapy Legislation removes government barriers that put limits on who can give essential dental care to those who need it most. By cutting government red tape, we can promote the upward mobility of dental professionals and allow our workforce the opportunity to climb the ladder while increasing access to care. This provides a free-market solution, without throwing unnecessary money at the problem or expanding government bureaucracy - all while reducing costs to consumers. 

Less government is always something to smile about.

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Medicaid Expansion

We have seen time and time again in almost every situation where government has expanded into the marketplace, the costs go up for consumers. The same is true in healthcare. We need to look no further than the states that have taken Medicaid expansion to see this happening again.

Medicaid expansion is not a "gift" from the federal government as some might have you believe. Generally, federal programs and funding come with regulatory strings attached which increase costs. Further, federal money will be withdrawn over time as has happened so many times in the past, leaving a budget hole that puts state taxpayers on the hook. The real costs are additionally subsidized by people with private insurance whose premiums increase as Medicaid rolls rise.

Ultimately, the increased costs will be shared by those with private insurance and by taxpayers. 

This past week, I joined Senator Chris Kapenga, Senator Duey Stroebel, and Representative Joe Sanfelippo at a press conference held by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) and the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy (CROWE) to discuss the real cost of Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin. The tab for such an expansion comes out to nearly $600 million per year and as much as $700 per year for a family of four with private insurance. 

You can read the full study from WILL and CROWE here.
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