Wisconsin has more than 100 free and charitable clinics that serve more than 150,000 people a year. They are an important safety net for the uninsured and under-insured in our state.
This week, the Senate Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families held a public hearing on a bill I authored with State Representative Mary Felzkowski which will help make healthcare available in more parts of Wisconsin.
Right now, 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.
Our 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.