Evers announces partnership to improve health care signups, advocate for Medicaid expansion

Evers announces partnership to improve health care signups, advocate for Medicaid expansion
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Gov. Tony Evers has announced a new effort that he says will help enroll more people in affordable health insurance, while also promoting his proposal to expand Medicaid coverage in the state.

Evers says a partnership between the Department of Health Services and the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance called the “Health Care Coverage Partnership” will support an initiative to enroll more people in health care coverage through HealthCare.gov.

Today we’re announcing a new partnership between @DHSWI and @wisconsinoci focused on making health coverage more affordable and more accessible to more Wisconsinites. pic.twitter.com/a5vUW2Tg6F

— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) June 3, 2019

“We really need to talk to those folks about what kind of resources will be necessary, what resources are already available, and how to double down on the work that needs to be done to improve enrollment in the marketplace,” Department of Health Services designee Andrea Palm said in a press conference Monday with Evers and Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable.

.@GovEvers announces new effort to get people enrolled in https://t.co/hVy0ZyJMhW plans, advocate for Medicaid expansion. #news3now pic.twitter.com/aiQ4HWWxF2

— Jessica Arp (@news3jessica) June 3, 2019

The program, he says, will also work with members of the Legislature to try to implement a plan to expand Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a move he claims will get 82,000 uninsured people covered.

“We will still be fighting for that expansions because that’s the easiest route, it’s the most effective route, and it will use the federal money that the people of Wisconsin already paid for,” Evers said in the press conference.

Republican leaders have previously rejected attempts to do so, and the GOP-controlled budget committee stripped a proposal to do so from the state budget.

.⁦@GovEvers⁩ announces new partnership between ⁦@wisconsinoci⁩ and ⁦@DHSWI⁩ to expand access to health insurance coverage pic.twitter.com/1tfzIc7n32

— Scott Bauer (@sbauerAP) June 3, 2019

The announcement comes a day before the finance committee is scheduled to consider funding for the Department of Health Services.

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