Did you know that, on top of all the benefits and protections, the new health care reform law also invests to strengthen communities across the country? This investment is providing women of all ages, demographics and communities throughout Wisconsin access to more services, education and programs to help make our communities stronger and healthier. Some of the grant money Wisconsin received, including the almost $ 60 million referenced below,will help build the health care workforce, crack down of fraud, and support public health in the following ways*:
- $300,000 to support the National Health Service Corps , by assisting Wisconsin in loan repayment for health care professionals in return for their practice in health professional shortage areas.
- $837,000 School-based Health Centers, to help clinics expand and provide more health care services, like screenings, to students.
- $472,000 to support Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), which help seniors, people with disabilities and their families understand and evaluate their long-term care options, including those available in their own community.
- $790,000 in support outreach to eligible Medicare beneficiaries to learn about their benefits.
- $286,700 Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, organizations run by and for families with children with special health care needs. This program helps to ensure families with children with special health care needs are able to participate in the decision-making at all levels and are satisfied with the services they receive.
- $5.9 million Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs. These programs bring health professionals to meet with at-risk families in their homes and connect families to the kinds of help that can make a difference in a child’s health, development and ability to learn. This can include health care, early education, parenting skills, child abuse prevention and nutrition.
- $14.5 million for health professions workforce demonstration projects, to help low income individuals receive training and enter health care professions that face shortages.
- $33.7 million has been received by health centers in Wisconsin to create new and bolster existing community health centers in medically underserved areas, such as Wisconsin’s many rural communities. Lack of transportation and access to local health care services is a barrier that Wisconsin women shouldn’t have to face – increasing the number and capacity of community health centers will enable health centers to serve more Wisconsinites.
Despite Governor Walker returning millions of dollars in grant money to the federal government, including almost $38 million for an Early Innovator Exchange development grant and $637,000 for a Consumer Assistance Program grant, Wisconsin women and girls have still made progress with the aforementioned money. It is nice to know that some of the federal taxpayer money from Wisconsinites is being brought back and invested in Wisconsin.