May 2, 2017 | by Mike Bare | Policy 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.
April 18, 2016 | by Melissa McGaughey | Policy Today Mike Bare, PPI's Research and Program Coordinator, joined many groups in supporting new legislation from Senator Baldwin to encourage Medicaid expansion. "I applaud Senator Baldwin and her colleagues for introducing this proposal, which would make it even more difficult for Wisconsin to continue Governor Walker's BadgerCare eligibility reform mistakes,” said Bare. “Congress should pass this bill, the President should sign it, and Governor Walker and the Legislature should immediately expand BadgerCare to cover 83,000 more people and save state taxpayers more than a billion dollars over the next ten years. Savings achieved by expanding BadgerCare eligibility could be reinvested in creating jobs, improving education, and providing relief for low-income Wisconsinites.”
March 7, 2016 | by Cassy Krueger | Prevention Each week we will be rolling out a video on our programs and how they each contribute to the Public Policy Institute's mission: preventing and reducing poverty while improving the quality of life for individuals and families in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.
February 19, 2016 | by Melissa McGaughey | Policy This week’s Wisconsin Health News e-newsletter highlighted an action of the state’s Group Insurance Board to move forward with a request for proposals to self-insure state employees. The article quotes Mike Bare, research and program coordinator at the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, as saying the board’s decision means it has “officially started to move toward a government takeover of state worker health coverage.”
September 14, 2015 | by Mike Bare | Policy 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
June 19, 2014 | by Mike Bare | Policy 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.