Isn't this curious? At the same time that Congressional Republicans and President Trump were deriding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces for leading to less competition in the private health insurance market in many states, the board of Republican appointees who oversee the Wisconsin State Employee Health Plan (WSEHP) voted to purposely move from a highly competitive insurance market to a non-competitive self-insured model.
Last week, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced S. 3231, The Stronger Way Act. This bill is based on several years of the Public Policy Institute’s work on developing and testing policies that would dramatically reduce poverty. We encourage you contact your senators and member of Congress today to ask them to support The Stronger Way Act.
PPI’s Effective ACA Implementation Project is now entering its third year and has a number of accomplishments worth sharing, especially in the criminal justice reform and health reform world, where accomplishments can be hard to come by. As a result of the organizing and convening that we did in the first year of the project, three major efforts have been established to help individuals transitioning out of incarceration to apply for health insurance coverage at the Milwaukee House of Corrections, the Dane County Jail, and at the State Department of Corrections
I’ve been working with other disability advocates to encourage Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation to cosponsor the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act).
The ABLE Act creates tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities that can cover qualified expenses such as education, housing and transportation. Related to our work here at PPI where we see work as the primary solution to poverty, the ABLE Act eliminates some barriers to work and saving money that people with disabilities experience by exempting assets in an ABLE account from counting against eligibility for federal benefits programs.
For the first time in Wisconsin, there is nearly universal access to preventive health benefits as part of BadgerCare and private health insurance plans. Whether the impact of the ACA is successful on our prevention efforts depends heavily on individuals getting and staying enrolled in health coverage. The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute has been heavily involved in researching and advocating for solutions to help individuals make their payments so they can stay insured.