Advocates to Scott Walker: exchange delays could leave people losing Badgercare uninsured

Credit:  Wisconsin State Journal/David Wahlberg

"Health care advocates are asking Gov. Scott Walker to explain what he will do with 77,000 adults being shifted off Medicaid [and into the Marketplace] at the end of the year if those people are not able to get coverage by then on the new health insurance exchange."

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Local program helps people living with mental illness find employme

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Check out this story about the IPS program at the Family and Children's Center!  Our very own Kathy Rohr, a member of NAMI Wisconsin's board of directors, is the program's supervisor.

"The unemployment rate for people with mental illnesses can be as high as 90 percent nationwide, but one local program is making strides in lowering that number here in La Crosse.  The Family and Children's Center has offered its supported employment program for about three years. The program aims to help people with persistent mental illnesses find their own place in the workforce, and it's working."

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For Native Americans, Mental Health Budget Cuts Hit Hard

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"Because of the reduction, the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, S.D., will not be able to hire two additional mental health service providers, says Cathy Abramson, chairwoman of the National Indian Health Board. And that could have devastating effects.  'Since the beginning of the year, there have been 100 suicide attempts in 110 days on Pine Ridge,' Abramson said at a Senate committee hearing in Washington last spring. 'We can't take any more cuts. We just can't'"

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Groups go door-to-door to encourage enrollment in Obamacare

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Enroll America is a non-profit group (located in several states) working to enroll as many eligible people as possible in the new Affordable Care Act Marketplaces before open enrollment begins on October 1st (if you'd like more information about the Affordable Care Act and the Marketplaces, please check out this section of this blog).

This article discusses their canvassing efforts! In states where Enroll America is working, volunteers go door to door to talk to people with a high risk of being uninsured about their new options under the Affordable Care Act.

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