Month: March 2017

Make Your Voice Heard! Joint Finance Committee Hearings on the State Budget

The Wisconsin Legislature Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will be holding public hearings across the state on the proposed state budget to hear what people think about it in April. Dates and locations are as follows: Monday, April 3 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) University of Wisconsin – Platteville Ullsvick Hall 30 South Hickory Street Platteville, WI 53818 Wednesday, April 5 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) State Fair Park – Exposition Center 8200 West Greenfield Avenue West Allis, WI 53214 Friday, April 7 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Berlin High School (Auditorium) 222 Memorial Drive Berlin, WI 54923 Tuesday, April...

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Youth Leadership Forum: Apply Now!

The Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a week-long leadership training and career awareness program for high school students with disabilities. It provides training in leadership, self-advocacy skills, and career awareness to approximately 30 students with disabilities from throughout the state of Wisconsin. YLF is a project of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. The Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum is for: Students who show leadership potential by being active in their school and community Students who have a disability (physical, learning, cognitive, emotional, sensory, etc.) Wisconsin residents Students who are currently sophomores, juniors or seniors Why Attend...

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2017 Wisconsin Congressional Delegation Contacts

Contact information for the 2017 Wisconsin Congressional Delegation. To find out who represents you, see www.WhoRepresentsMe.Info (Click on image to see in detail)    U.S. Senate Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) 800-247-5645 Facebook:  Twitter: @SenatorBaldwin Email Form   Senator Ron Johnson (R) 920-230-7250 Facebook: Twitter: @SenRonJohnson Email Form   U.S. House of Representatives Rep.Paul Ryan (D1 -R)  888-909-7926 Facebook: Twitter: @Speaker Ryan Email Form   Rep. Mark Pocan (D2 – D) 608-258-9800 Facebook: Twitter: @MarkPocan Email Form   Rep. Ron Kind (D3 – D)  608-782-2558 Facebook: Twitter: @RepRonKind Email Form   Rep. Gwen Moore (D4 -D)  414-297-1140 Facebook: Twitter: @RepGwenMoore   Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (D5 – R) 262-784-1111 Facebook: Twitter: @JimPressOffice Email Form   Rep. Glenn Grothman (D6 -R) 920-907-0624 Facebook: Twitter: @RepGrothman Email Form Rep. Sean Duffy (D7 – R) 715-392-3984 Facebook: Twitter: @RepSeanDuffy Email Form   Rep. Mike Gallagher (D8 – R) 202-225-5665 Facebook: Twitter: @RepGallagher Email Form...

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Congress: House bill changing Medicaid/ACA moving quickly, contact your Congressmen with questions

National Disability Groups report the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) replacement bill will be referred to committee for mark up this Wednesday. This bill is also anticipated to contain major changes to Medicaid that will reduce funding, and could result in changes to Wisconsin Medicaid funded programs like Family Care/IRIS, Katie Beckett, Children’s Long-Term Supports, school and autism therapies and more A markup is the process by which congressional committees and subcommittees debate, amend, and rewrite proposed legislation, and scheduling a markup means this bill is moving quickly towards passage. Constituents can and need to ask important questions of U.S, Representatives about this proposal. Type in your address under the Find My Legislators box and click Find on the Wisconsin State Legislative website to get find out who your U.S. Congressperson is and get their contact information. If you know who your Congressman is call the national switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to their office. Optional: Sample Questions  • How many people will lose coverage and how much will this bill cost? • What does the bill say about coverage of pre-existing conditions and caps on the amount insurance companies will pay over your lifetime for care? • What does the bill say about controlling costs of prescription drugs? • What does the bill say about providing more money as health costs increase? •...

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