It was an extremely cold week in Wisconsin, with dangerous wind chills and closures across the district. I hope everyone was able to stay safe and warm over the past few days and I am looking forward to warmer days ahead!

Jon Erpenbach
Wisconsin State Senate, District 27




Senator Erpenbach Introduces Comprehensive Health Care Protections Bill: 

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under attack in Wisconsin, it is vital that Wisconsinites are guaranteed access to affordable and quality health care, regardless of their previous conditions. Republicans have sued to take federal protections away from the people of Wisconsin, and the Joint Finance Committee Democrats wrote a letter asking them to hold a hearing on the Attorney General’s request to withdraw from the lawsuit, but we have not heard back.

Therefore, I have introduced a comprehensive piece of legislation that takes those federal protections and puts them into Wisconsin law, guaranteeing our communities are able to get access to care they need without going bankrupt. 

The Comprehensive Health Care Protections Bill will:

  • Prohibit insurance companies from discriminating based on a person’s pre-existing condition.
  • Prohibit Lifetime and Annual Limits.
  • Require health insurance policies to cover essential health benefits specified by DHS with limits on cost sharing.
  • Guaranteed issue-requires health plans to permit you to enroll regardless of health status, gender or other factors that might predict use.

It is time to stop playing politics with people’s lives, and work across the aisle on real solutions. No one should be discriminated against, or denied coverage based on the history of their health, and this legislation is a comprehensive step towards protecting Wisconsin families.


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Community Programs and Announcements 

Updates from the DNR:

  • Winter is an ideal time to look for signs of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestations because woodpeckers will leave easily seen indicators that they’ve been searching for EAB larvae in infested ash trees.  Identifying early signs of EAB infestations can help property owners address the problem before their trees become hazardous, or too heavily infested for insecticide treatments to be successful.


  • A reminder – for when the weather warms up a bit – that DNR offers a listing of family-friendly events scheduled at state parks and recreational properties on the Get Outdoors! events calendar.



Cold Weather Safety Tips 

With extreme temperatures moving through Wisconsin, it is important to know how to stay safe. The Department of Health Services released the following tips to stay healthy in winter weather

  • Seek a warming shelter
    Call 211 to find the warming center closest to you. Text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 to find the nearest shelter.
  • Check on your neighbors
    People who live alone, the elderly, and children are more likely to be harmed by the cold.
  • Know the symptoms of hypothermia
    Symptoms include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, and slurred speech. If you have been exposed to extreme cold and have these symptoms, call 911 or see your doctor.

To view the complete health and safety fact sheet, click here.


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