Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Legislators to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Medicaid Cuts

Opportunity to hear from constituents regarding Governor Walker’s plans to reduce health care benefits

November 1, 2011
Contact:  Sen. Vinehout (608) 266-8546

EAU CLAIRE – Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) announced she will host a public hearing to invite comments on Governor Walker’s proposed cuts to the Medicaid program.

“Medicaid is a lifeline to one in five people in Wisconsin,” noted Vinehout. “Sweeping changes affect many western Wisconsin families. This hearing gives people a chance to comment on the changes.”

This hearing is part of a series of events being hosted by Democrats statewide in response to the Department of Health Services’ plan to make $554 million in cuts to the state’s health care programs for eligible seniors, children, families and people with disabilities.

DHS held hearings in Madison and Milwaukee, but it is important to hear from people in all corners of the state.  This proposal will have significant impact on the affordability of health care and critical health services available to tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents.

There will be a brief presentation on the proposed cuts at the start of the hearing. The public is then encouraged to share comments and personal stories.

WHAT:   Public Hearing on Medicaid Cuts

WHO:            Sen. Kathleen Vinehout
                Rep. Chris Danou
                Rep. Mark Radcliffe

WHEN:   Friday, November 11th
                4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Chippewa Valley Technical College
Eau Claire Clairemont Campus
Business Education Center – Room 30A
620 West Clairmont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701

This event is open to the public and the press.  If you would like more information about this event, please contact Sen. Vinehout’s office.

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