Heim: Feingold Behind But Not Out
Balance Sheet Healthy for State Health Program
No bells and whistles in this state health insurance program. Wisconsin's Badger Care Plus Basic program. $130 a month. A limited number of doctor visits. Generic drugs only. But is there a market for that kind of thing? Appears to be, says Rachel Currans-Sheehan with the state's Wisconsin health department, because the plan now covers about 35 hundred people. A new report says the three month old Plus Basic plan is in good shape; covering those 35 hundred on small premiums without tax dollars and still remaining financially sound.
Report: Badger Care Plus Basic in Good Shape
You've probably heard at one point or another that government run healthcare is a train wreck. But that doesn't appear to be the case with a relatively new state health program in Wisconsin. The Badger Care Plus Basic plan starting enrolling people in the summer. The plan covers about 35 hundred in the state now. It's a very basic health plan that costs about $130 a month and offers a set number of doctor visits, hospital stays and generic drug coverage. A new report from the Department of Health Services today says the plan is not only solvent but has taken in twice as much in premiums than it has paid out. The health department says the plan is self-funded and doesn't use taxpayer dollars.
WEST SALEM SCHOOLS GET MONEY
West Salem gets some dough from the feds. 7 other Wisconsin cities and one county will have safer schools thanks a federal grant from the Secure-Our-Schools program in the U-S Justice Department.
West Salem is tabbed to get over $20 thousand dollars....something West Salem High School Principal Mark Carlson says came as a suprise.
The funding will help cover the costs of surveillance systems, metal detectors, locks, fences, and lighting among other things.
Knife Attack at Card Fight Injures Attacker
A fight over cards has landed an Onalaska man in some hot water. La Crosse cops say they arrested Angelo Ervin at a northside bar this week-end after he got into a tussle with a guy he was playing cards with. They say the 41 year-old Ervin wrestled another man to the floor of the bar over an argument about money in the poker pot. And then Ervin apparently pulled out his pocketknife and tried to slash the guy's throat. Not successful at that but he did manage to cut himself pretty good. Ervin faces a few charges including a couple for the crack and pot he tried to swallow when police busted him at the bar.