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  • Guaranteeing Coverage for those with Preexisting Conditions
  • State of the State Address Response
  • Dangerous CE intersections
  • 3% Unemployment Rate
  • Deer Management and Water Quality

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Ron's Recap: January 25, 2019  

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Hello! Welcome to another edition of Ron's Recap for the 104th Legislative Session. This periodic e-newsletter will keep you up-to-date on news from the Capitol and provide other helpful information. Feel free to contact Ron if you have any questions about information in this email, if you have an opinion on a legislative issue, or if you have a problem with a state agency.

Guaranteeing Coverage for Preexisting Conditions

On Tuesday afternoon, Representative Ron Tusler voted to ensure Wisconsinites with pre-existing medical conditions cannot be denied health insurance coverage. This vote came hours before Governor Tony Evers addressed a joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature.

Assembly Bill 1, the Pre-Existing Condition Guaranteed Coverage Act, contains three main consumer-protection components. First, the bill prohibits those with a pre-existing medical condition from being denied health insurance coverage. Second, the bill would bar healthcare providers from denying services required to treat a condition. Finally, the bill prevents insurance companies from charging higher premiums based on an individual’s medical condition or health status. Wisconsin would become one of only five states that offers all three protections.

“Covering patients with pre-existing conditions is personal to me,” said Rep. Tusler. “My mother passed away after a twenty-two year battle with cancer. If she didn’t have access to treatment and care she would have missed graduations, weddings, and the birth of her granddaughter. Passing this bill ensures that those who need care will get it and hopefully, as a result, families will have their loved ones around for as many birthdays and milestones as possible.”

The bill passed the Assembly 76-19. It now goes to the Senate for approval before onto the Governor.

 

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State of the State Response 

Tuesday evening, Governor Evers delivered his first State of the State address. In it, he laid out several legislative priorities. I agree with Governor Evers on a few of those items, especially the Middle Class tax cut, which would benefit over 2 million Wisconsinites. I also agree with guaranteeing health care coverage for Wisconsinites with preexisting conditions. You can watch my response video here or click on the image below. 

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Highway CE/Buchanan Road and CE/Railroad Street Intersections

Many of you may have noticed the CE/Buchanan Road Intersection has been blocked off at the median of CE. A person wishing to go straight on Buchanan Road is now unable to do so, and anyone wishing to turn left onto or off of CE is also unable to do so. 

The intersection has been identified as dangerous due to numerous accidents and three fatalities in the previous decade. It is currently undergoing a study to determine the potential impact of closing it. 

Another dangerous intersection has been identified at Highway CE/Railroad Street. Although there is presently a traffic light there, serious accidents continue to occur. 

“The preservation of human life should be the most important goal for our government’s service to our citizens.  I am saddened by the loss of human life and the injuries at the CE/Buchanan and CE/Railroad Street intersection.  These two intersections are filled with our best and brightest students from Kimberly each day.  They need to be safe intersections.  On behalf of my district, I will be seeking additional funding to keep the students, parents, and other citizens safe."

Unemployment Rate

I am proud to report that Wisconsin's unemployment rate continues to go down, as it has been below 3% for the 11th consecutive month! Our reforms are working and we are keeping Wisconsin moving forward.

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Deer Management and Water Quality

  • Landowners and hunters looking to improve habitat for deer and other wildlife are encouraged to enroll in Wisconsin’s Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP).  DMAP provides informational resources and professional assistance regarding wildlife habitat management for properties of any size.

 

  • The DNR is seeking assistance from the public to improve the evaluation of the state’s surface water quality.  The agency is currently requesting public review and comments on updates to the Wisconsin Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology.  Additionally, the DNR is asking citizens and interested groups to submit surface water data for evaluation as part of the biennial assessment of the state’s surface water resources.