Dear Friends,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I have so much to be thankful for, especially the honor of serving you in the State Senate. I truly appreciate that privilege.

I'm thankful for the members of the Germantown School Board. On Monday, we had a wonderful discussion about the challenges they face and how we've made historic investments in public education.

I'm also thankful two bills I authored to improve and protect free and charitable clinics are now law. You can read more about that below.

Finally, I'm thankful for friends, family, and faith. I wish each and every one of you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

As always, if you have any concerns or ideas on how to improve our great state, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 608-266-5830 or by email at Sen.Darling@legis.wisconsin.gov.

On, Wisconsin!
Two Darling Healthcare Bills Signed into Law
Free and charitable clinics are an important safety net for the uninsured and under-insured. More than 150,000 Wisconsinites utilize the more than 100 free and charitable clinics throughout the state each year.

It’s crucial these clinics be staffed with qualified health professionals. I'm happy to report that two bills I authored to improve care and increase access to free and charitable clinics in Wisconsin are now law.

Currently, health care professionals are eligible for loan assistance if they agree to serve in rural or "eligible practice areas," which are tribal lands or areas with primary care or mental health shortages defined by federal law. My bill expands the loan assistance program to areas with free and charitable clinics. This simple change should encourage more professionals to work at these clinics which will lead to more people being treated.

My bill to remove a disincentive for free and charitable clinics to serve the homeless was also signed into law this week. Currently, the state provides liability coverage for licensed health professionals who volunteer their services to provide outpatient care at free clinics. However, a gap in the law prevents coverage when treating the homeless. Senator Darling says the new law will close that insurance gap.

We are so fortunate to have many excellent doctors volunteering their time in our free and charitable clinics. Treating the homeless in free and charitable clinics should not jeopardize a volunteer doctor’s liability insurance. This bill changes that.

It's my hope these simple changes will have a big impact on healthcare for those who are uninsured or under-insured in Wisconsin.
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Congratulations to 2019 Grafton Outstanding Citizen Award winners Robert and Richard Rieck. Representative Jim Ott and I were honored to attend the wonderful event put on by the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce on Sunday at Atlas BBQ.

I'd also like to congratulate the Ozaukee Jail Literacy Program for winning the Grafton Outstanding Community Group award.
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