Citizen Action of Wisconsin en Report Decries Not Taking Federal Medicaid Money <p>A report by the Democratic-leaning Citizen Action of Wisconsin challenges Governor Scott Walker's refusal to accept federal Medicaid money for BadgerCare has resulted in higher health insurance costs here than elsewhere.</p><p><br />During a media call with reporters this week, Citizen Action Director Robert Kraig said with increased transparency from Obamacare, they were able to gather data&nbsp; on what other states are paying versus here. He says three conclusions came out of the data..</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:42:29 +0000 Ken Krall 20646 at Early Screening For Heroin, Opioids, Alcohol Emphasized <p> The heroin and opioid&nbsp; addiction problems troubling many Wisconsin communities, including those here in the Northwoods,&nbsp; has caught the attention of one health advocacy group.</p><p><br />Citizen Action of Wisconsin is launching an initiative to increase access to effecting drug screening and intervention services for youth.</p><p><br />Citizen Action's Kevin Kane says they're looking at early intervention to stop greater, and more costly, problems later....</p><p></p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:37:00 +0000 Ken Krall 20018 at Early Screening For Heroin, Opioids, Alcohol Emphasized WEDC: Favoring Republican Districts Over Democratic Ones? <p>Citizen Action of Wisconsin is claiming the state's public-private job generating agency...Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.. is funneling jobs to places in Republican districts and mostly ignoring Democratic districts. A WEDC spokesperson says that is not true.</p><p>Citizen Action has been described as leaning Democratic. On the Citizen Action website, their analysis claims fewer jobs were generated in the city of Milwaukee, but the state found jobs in the more Republican suburban areas. Citizen Action of Wisconsin leader Robert Kraig...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:56:15 +0000 Ken Krall 14649 at WEDC: Favoring Republican Districts Over Democratic Ones? Older Long -Term Unemployed Can't Find New Jobs <p>Friday, President Obama met with business leaders to discuss hiring the long-term unemployed.</p><p>Dr. Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin says the nation still has the highest rate of long term unemployed since the Great Depression...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Ken Krall 13829 at Older Long -Term Unemployed Can't Find New Jobs Rhinelander Healthcare Costs Rank Average Statewide <p>Rhinelander health care premiums are falling somewhere in the middle as compared to the rest of the state.&nbsp; That’s according to a <a href="" target="_blank">new report</a> from progressive group Citizen Action of Wisconsin.&nbsp; It compares health insurance rates in different regions statewide.</p><p>It finds Madison tends to rank lowest, while the highest premiums are found in the Milwaukee area and in far Northwestern Wisconsin.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:47:18 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12151 at WXPR To Broadcast ACA Information Program <p>As the debate continues in Washington, D.C. over the&nbsp; implementation&nbsp; of the Affordable Care Act, the law&nbsp;begins in full on January 1. &nbsp;In mid-October, Kevin Kane from the group Citizen Action Wisconsin gave a presentation at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Rhinelander on how the ACA will work. He discussed how people can sign up, who it affects and costs.</p><p> The program will be broadcast Sunday, November 3 at 4:06 p.m. after a short&nbsp;NPR newscast. All Things Considered will not be heard this Sunday only.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:00:52 +0000 Ken Krall 10057 at Minnesota's ACA Premiums Are Lower <p><font size="2">&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman">Wednesday, the group Citizen Action of Wisconsin released a report saying Minnesota residents are paying far less in premiums under the Affordable Care Act. Rhinelander and Wausau are two cities the report compared to Minnesota communities.</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman">Citizen Action's Robert Kraig told the media during a conference call his group could find two reasons why the higher rates are being offered....</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><i><u> </u></i></font></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:21:48 +0000 Ken Krall 9749 at Minnesota's ACA Premiums Are Lower Activist: Glitches Being Fixed In Obamacare Launch <p>He said a many Americans had either been locked out of getting healthcare because of pre-existing conditions, or had to pay higher rates. He says women paid more because of pregnancy and other issues, but starting January 1, not anymore...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p><blockquote><p><i><u>&quot;....women on average are charged about one-and-a-half times more, on average, than a 22 year old male. Women are more responsible than men. You go to the doctor more, you get checkups more, you tend to get pregnant more, but that&#39;s a whole other issue...&quot;</u></i></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:59:00 +0000 Ken Krall 9339 at Activist: Glitches Being Fixed In Obamacare Launch Health Insurance Purchasers Will Find Choices, Come October <p>Northwoods residents looking to buy health insurance will have options when it comes to choosing a plan on the health marketplace.&nbsp; That’s according to a report from progressive advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:02:58 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 7066 at Health Insurance Purchasers Will Find Choices, Come October Group Still Hoping For Walker Medicaid Reversal <P>20 counties, including Oneida and Lincoln, have asked Governor Walker to allow them to access Medicaid money from the federal government to offset local health care expenses.</P> <P>Earlier this year, Governor Walker notified the Obama Administration he would not be taking money for Wisconsin's version called BadgerCare from the Affordable Health Care Act to offset those costs.</P> <P>The counties asked Governor Walker to allow them to get the funds through the state in another method. In Oneida county, the board of supervisors felt local costs could go up without the additional funds. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:14:14 +0000 Ken Krall 5986 at Group Still Hoping For Walker Medicaid Reversal