Free and charitable clinics serve over 150,000 people in Wisconsin. However, there are still parts of our state that are under served.
I'm working on a way to encourage more healthcare professionals to work in free and charitable clinics so more Wisconsinites will have access to healthcare.
State Representative Mary Felzkowski of Irma and I
authored a bill
to help providers who serve in free and charitable clinics to be eligible for loan forgiveness. This week, the bill had a public hearing in the Assembly's Health Committee.
Wisconsin already has a successful loan assistance program for healthcare professionals who practice in a rural or eligible practice areas. Our bill adds free and charitable clinics to the loan program.
Free and charitable clinics are a crucial safety net for uninsured and under-insured residents of our state. This is a simple fix that will help make sure these clinics can continue to thrive and provide needed healthcare statewide.