Fitzgerald walks back comments on Medicaid expansion

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Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is walking back comments he made that he wouldn’t rule out accepting federal money to expand Medicaid. The Republican said on WISN-AM radio Friday that he “went too far” when he said Thursday: “I don’t want to be presumptuous and rule it out.” > AP News

Grothman: ACA ruling won’t be upheld on appeal

Wisconsin Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman said he doesn’t think Congress will need to address a Texas court ruling overturning the Affordable Care Act because it won’t be upheld on appeal. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Tony Evers vows to protect access to health care coverage

Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Gov.-elect Mandela Barnes’ Building the People’s Budget statewide listening tour hit La Crosse this week, and they heard concerns on topics ranging from funding wastewater treatment to studies on the health risks of vaping. “We have to protect everybody in the state of Wisconsin,” Evers said in an interview with the La Crosse Tribune.

If Wisconsin and other states succeed in ending the Affordable Care Act, what’s their Plan B?

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A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled in favor of 20 states, including Wisconsin, that asked the court to declare the ACA unconstitutional. The ruling came on the same day that Gov. Scott Walker signed lame-duck legislation that bars Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul from withdrawing the state from the lawsuit. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Johnson: GOP won’t eliminate coverage guarantee

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The federal guarantee of health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions is too politically popular to be eliminated, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Tuesday. During a conference call with constituents, Johnson said he wishes he and his fellow Republicans had succeeded in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act when they had the chance. > AP News

State Senate Republicans tap new leaders for committees including universities, health care

State Senate Republicans have tapped a list of committee chairpersons that includes Sen.-elect Dale Kooyenga leading a committee on universities and technical colleges. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced the list Monday. It includes every committee chairperson for the 2019-20 biennial cycle starting in January. > Wisconsin State Journal

Congressman-Elect Bryan Steil outlines his priorities for 116th Congress

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Wisconsin U.S. Congressman-elect Bryan Steil said Monday that lowering health care costs and improving worker training in the U.S. will be among his top priorities after he’s sworn into office next month. > Wisconsin Public Radio