Viroqua Town Hall Attendees Express Support for Medicaid Expansion
VIROQUA, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), along with Representatives Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska) and Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) hosted a town hall on Governor Evers’ budget proposal to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin. Attendees heard about the benefits of accepting the federal funds and were able to ask questions and provide feedback.
“There is overwhelming public support for Gov. Evers’ plan to accept federal Medicaid funding, expand access to affordable health care and save Wisconsin taxpayers millions of dollars,” said Shilling. “Accepting the federal funds will ensure more people have access to health coverage while also lowering costs for everyone. It’s a win for Wisconsin and a win for working families. I want to thank residents from Viroqua and neighboring communities for attending to share their support and engaging in a thoughtful discussion on this issue.”
Wisconsin would save over $300 million while providing more affordable coverage to 82,000 people and lowering premiums. States that have accepted federal dollars to expand Medicaid saw positive impacts on their economies including: an increase in providers in rural areas, reductions in uncompensated care, reductions in medical debt, and better reimbursement rates, which helps attract and retain medical professionals. Additionally, the latest Marquette Law Poll shows 70% of Wisconsin residents approve of accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid.