MADISON - President Barack Obama is stepping up pressure on states that have refused to expand Medicaid eligibility.
The White House Council of Economic Advisers has released a report saying expansion here would mean health coverage for an additional 120,000 people in 2016. The report says expansion would lead to 11,200 new jobs by 2017 and result in nearly $2.6 billion in additional federal spending in Wisconsin.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker has rejected any federal money to expand Medicaid and restricted coverage to those whose earnings are at or below the poverty level. He has expanded coverage to childless adults who had been on a waiting list, however.
Walker's spokeswoman called the report wrong. She says more than 80,000 childless adults now have coverage under the governor's changes.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander couple thought they were empty nesters. However, an experience volunteering made them open their doors back up to kids who need a temporary home. The Zoerb's adult children moved out years ago. But at any moment they could get a call from social services that make them bring out their parenting skills for another round. Rick and Danielle Zoerb work together as realtors putting people in homes that are the perfect fit. However, the husband and wife know their home can be a good fit for others too. "There's no reason for kids to have to fall through the cracks," said Dani. Rick met a child at a mentorship program a few years ago. It was a meeting that opened a new door for him and his wife. "There was no hesitation on our part when we felt the situation was deteriorating for this young boy," said Rick.
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