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


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

Obamacare enrollment up as deadline nears, state considers waiver


Wisconsin enrollment in the Affordable Care Act exchange is outpacing enrollment last year, though sign-up ends Friday, six weeks shorter than the last enrollment period. Meanwhile, state officials are looking at seeking a federal waiver to let the state set up its own system for insurance, as other states have done. > Wisconsin State Journal

Ron Kind warns GOP tax bill would hurt Medicare as more Wisconsinites need it


Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says Republicans’ federal tax overhaul could impact health care access for Wisconsinites, because the final version is likely to remove Affordable Care Act financial penalties for those who don’t have health insurance. Without them, the insurance marketplace is expected to see less participation and higher premiums. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker asks Congress to renew children’s insurance program


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

Obamacare enrollment up, but U.S. Rep. Moore, Mayor Barrett ‘concerned’ about impending deadline


Local advocates for the Affordable Care Act are warning that tens of thousands of Wisconsinites may miss a fast-approaching deadline to sign up for health insurance, even as enrollment outpaces last year’s numbers. President Trump has shortened open enrollment by six weeks, with a Dec. 15 deadline. > FOX 6 Milwaukee

Wisconsin Assembly approves bill blocking state health plans from covering abortion


Abortions would not be covered by health insurance plans for Wisconsin state employees, with few exceptions, under legislation approved Thursday by the state Assembly. Lawmakers voted on party lines to approve the bill, authored by Sen. David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere). > Cap Times

Walker challengers back ‘Badgercare for all’ bill to expand Medicaid coverage


Democratic candidates for governor are coalescing around a plan to let anyone — regardless of income — buy into a state health program currently reserved for the most needy. As Gov. Walker has pushed for the repeal of Obamacare, Democrats in Wisconsin have reacted by seeking a greater health care role for government. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel