Baldwin urges more funding for community health centers

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With states scrambling to fill the void created by Congress letting the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expire, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said in Green Bay this week that it’s one of her 2018 priorities to urge Congress to reauthorize funding for community health centers. > ABC 2 Green Bay

Handmade, hand-delivered Christmas cards urge Walker to block anti-immigration bills

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Dozens of Christmas cards were delivered to Gov. Scott Walker this week. The cards were from immigrant children and families from Manitowoc and Green Bay, asking the governor to block Assembly Bill 190 / Senate Bill 75. > NBC 15 Madison

Wisconsin Dems argue GOP put tax reform ahead of children’s health coverage

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Wisconsin’s congressional Democrats are blasting Republicans for putting tax reform ahead of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CHIP provides low-cost health coverage for kids nationwide, historically receiving bipartisan support. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said, “There is no reason we can’t work together to reauthorize the program and get it back on track.” > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker asks Congress to renew children’s insurance program

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Gov. Scott Walker is calling on Congress to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program which sends $115 million in federal payments to Wisconsin. Walker on Tuesday sent House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a letter urging renewal of the program that faces an uncertain future in Congress. > WZAW Wausau

Drawing lines between childhood trauma in urban Milwaukee and rural Wisconsin

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Wisconsin’s rural underclass shares a bond with some of the worst neighborhoods in Milwaukee – it’s just better hidden. It’s called historical trauma or the “ripple effect”, and transfers trauma from one generation to another. Part 1 of this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel special report dives in to the impacts.

Audit finds Walker’s reading program out of money

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A newly released audit finds Gov. Scott Walker’s program created and touted to help children learn to read is nearly out of money. The Legislative Audit Bureau report released this week found that the Read to Lead Development Fund had just over $2,200 in it as of the end of June. > AP News / US News

Wisconsin could lose $115M if Congress doesn’t renew children’s health program

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The state stands to lose up to $115 million a year if Congress doesn’t renew a program that provides health coverage for nearly 120,000 children here. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expired Sept. 30 because Congress hasn’t reauthorized it, and the money in the program is beginning to run out. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel