Rep. Robyn Vining Introduces Healthcare Heroes Act
MADISON – Today, Wisconsin State Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa), Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit), Rep. Daniel Riemer (D-Milwaukee), and State Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) introduced the “Healthcare Heroes Act” legislation in support of frontline healthcare workers in Wisconsin during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill provides benefits for healthcare workers, including hazard pay, paid medical leave, state-funded COVID-19 testing and treatment for those uninsured, and insurance coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment. The bill also accepts the Medicaid expansion. Rep. Vining released the following statement regarding the bill introduction:
“In the United States, over 80,000 healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19 and almost 500 have died from the virus. In Wisconsin, 10% of COVID-19 cases are healthcare workers, which is over 2,300 people. From hospitals and nursing homes to homecare agencies and first responder roles, frontline healthcare workers risk their own health and lives and that of their families. They have been performing vital jobs for patients and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Frontline healthcare workers will continue performing their vital roles, because it is not simply what they do, but who they are. The Wisconsin legislature needs to respond with policies to enable these heroes to serve in this unprecedented public health crisis. Wisconsin healthcare heroes are counting on us to act. Elected officials derive power from the consent of the governed, and the governed is telling us that this is what they need and this is what they deserve, so let’s get this done.”
Rep. Vining represents the 14th Assembly District, which includes parts of Brookfield, Wauwatosa, and Milwaukee. For more information, visit Rep. Vining’s website here.
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