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Mica Soellner
By Mica Soellner July 31, 2019

Many health initiatives cut from Evers' budget

As a candidate for governor, Tony Evers promised to invest in preventative health programs that faced cuts under Republican leadership. 

Evers emphasized that restoring the funding would benefit Wisconsin women.

In his 2019-'21 budget, he proposed spending nearly $28 million to expand access to women's health care and reduce infant mortality rates. 

One of the key goals of Evers' plan -- dubbed "Healthy Women, Healthy Babies" -- was to create a state-run infant mortality prevention program. Additional aspects included expanding health coverage for mothers insured under Medicaid and increase grant funding for programs providing cancer screenings and testing for sexually transmitted infections.

Republicans opposed Evers' $28 million plan in part because it would allow Planned Parenthood to receive federal funding for family planning services. Republicans also rejected the governor's efforts to expand Medicaid and access $1.6 billion in federal funding.

They did keep a keep the governor's initiative to increase funding for the Well Woman Program, which provides uninsured and underinsured women between 45 to 65 with breast and cervical cancer screening services. Additionally, Republicans kept a minority health grant. 

As for Evers' infant mortality program, Republicans added five staff positions for the program, but the move was vetoed because the governor believed there were staffing shortages for other health priorities.

Overall, Republicans agreed to allocate $588 million worth of state spending on health care programs over the next two years. 

But, much of Evers' initiatives on women's health were cut.

We rate this Stalled.

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