The following is an announcement from DHS Secretary Designee Andrea Palm.
Our budget proposes to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 82,000 people with affordable health insurance. This will produce $324.5 million in savings for the state that we are reinvesting back into our health care system. These investments draw down a total of $1.6 billion in new federal funds to the state of Wisconsin to make historic investments in the health and well-being of every Wisconsinite. The investments we make in the budget are what people from across the state are telling us they need. It is time to invest in the system to make sure Wisconsinites get the health care they deserve.
I am looking forward to my conversation with the Joint Committee on Finance today to talk about our budget proposal and how it addresses health care and critical access issues that we all agree are a priority.
DHS Secretary Designee Andrea Palm
Follow along today
Starting at 10:00 a.m. this morning, DHS, along with the Departments of Public Instruction and Transportation, will be briefing the Joint Committee on Finance on our budget proposals. We will let you know on the DHS Twitter and Facebook accounts when I begin testifying. You will be able to watch live on WisconsinEye. I encourage you to follow DHS on Twitter and Facebook so you can keep up-to-date on what’s going on at DHS today and every day.
Your support is important
One of the most important parts of the budget process is the public hearings and listening sessions that the Joint Finance Committee and Governor Evers are hosting. We have a very unique opportunity in this budget to expand Medicaid and draw down $1.6 billion in new federal funds that we can reinvest into the health and well-being of every Wisconsinite.
Governor Evers and Lt. Governor Barnes “The People’s Budget Tour”
Tonight, Governor Evers and Lieutenant Governor Barnes are hosing a community budget listening session in Stevens Point from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Register now and get more details about this round-table discussion.
Joint Committee on Finance Budget Public Hearings
The Joint Committee on Finance will be hosting four public hearings about the budget. They will also be accepting written comments through email.
Friday, April 5 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Pontiac Convention Center
2809 North Pontiac Drive
Wednesday, April 10 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Oak Creek Community Center
8580 South Howell Avenue
Oak Creek, WI
Monday, April 15 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Riverview Ballroom #260
500 Wild Rose Avenue
River Falls, WI
Wednesday, April 24 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
University Union – Phoenix Room
2430 Campus Court
Green Bay, WI
New budget resources are now available
I also wanted to let you know that our new budget fact sheets are now available. We created a budget resources page that links to all of our fact sheets. Please check them out.