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Wisconsin Ranked Number 1 in Health Care Quality

Wisconsin has been ranked as the top state for health care quality, according to a report by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Additionally, according to the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, the cost for Wisconsin Medicare coverage is $1300 less than the national average.

Maintaining the quality of Wisconsin health care while lowering costs continues to be a priority. I am pleased by the continued growth in health care cooperatives, which help realize cost savings and improve access by allowing small businesses, self-employed, and local governments to band together to negotiate health care rates and benefits. I was the author of legislation that enabled health care cooperatives in Wisconsin. This approach is now being considered by the U.S. Senate as they consider health care legislation.