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The HealthCare Coverage Quest!

posted 3.16.18






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Thank you to everyone who made our 11th Annual HealthWatch Wisconsin Conference, "The HealthCare Coverage Quest: The Road To Reimbursements" a success!

We gathered energetic advocates, lawmakers, Democratic candidates for governor, medical professionals, and even a few students to discuss access to affordable health care and coverage for all people in Wisconsin! Here are a few highlights:

On our journey, we heard from care and coverage trailblazers:

"We have to do everything we can to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate, and increase access to health care from birth to grave."   -Rep. Beth Meyers


"By expanding Medicaid, we could cover more and pay less. We could join the civilized world and every other Western democracy and provide everyone with access to health care."  -Rep. Chris Taylor


"We can create the [healthcare] resources that we need in each and every community. The pieces of how to do this are already in place."  -Kathleen Vinehout


"We need to treat mental health and substance abuse as part of community treatment and not part of the criminal justice system."   -Kelda Roys


We honored individuals doing outstanding work in Advocacy, Outreach, and Media:

Advocate of the Year
Media Effort of the Year
Outreach Effort of the Year
Kathy Judd
Dane Co. Economic Support
Timothy Jost
Health Affairs Blog
Liz Hecht
Family Voices of WI
& Waisman Center-UCEDD

And collectively we found and gained insights from interactive sessions, a diverse group of guest speakers, and most importantly--from each other.

Attendees, watch your inbox!  You'll get an electronic evaluation form where you can share additional feedback on plenary sessions, workshops, and overall conference experience. We have also shared your questions that we didn't have time for with our legislative guests! We will share their answers in a future email or newsletter! In the meantime, peruse our  Photo Gallery  of conference highlights! We hope to see you all again at next year's conference!

A Conversation with Andy Slavitt

posted 1.31.18

HealthWatch Wisconsin's Pulse Newsletter Editorial staff spoke with former CMS Administrator Mr. Andy Slavitt on January 30. The conversation covered recent Medicaid Demonstration and ACA Innovation waiver proposals and plans out of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled State Legislature, Medicaid Expansion, uncompensated care, and innovation and creativity advancing access to health care and coverage. Read the full transcription.



Birth Cost Recovery: It's Not Child Support

posted 12.6.17

On December 6, HealthWatch Wisconsin, Inc. (HWW), partnered with ABC for Health, Inc., a Wisconsin based public interest law firm, to release a new Pulse Report: Birth Cost Recovery: It's Not Child Support. The report identified that Wisconsin is one of the very few states to require unmarried, absent parents to repay Medicaid related birth costs.


In contrast to traditional child support payments, Birth Cost Recovery (BCR) repayments do not support families or children, but rather support child support offices. Most states abandoned the practice of BCR or never implemented it due to the harmful impact upon children and families. Learn More.



It's Not Too Late; Become a Member!

updated 12.5.17

Individuals or organizations can join at any time. Encourage a coworker or friend to take advantage of state of the art communication, networking, and training designed to amplify efforts and empower those working to help connect Wisconsinites to health care and coverage.


The HealthWatch Wisconsin membership year runs October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018. We're excited to announce that HealthWatch membership includes: 


  1. Two FREE Live, in-person workshops 

  2. Comprehensive online video trainings 

  3. Publications, fact sheets, and resources

  4. Comprehensive newsletter and discussion of current events

  5. Substantial Discounts on the HealthWatch Annual Conference




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