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Kleefisch comments on Governor Walker's Badgercare time extension, DVR bill


WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAU) -- As the regular Legislative Session winds down, Senators and Representatives already know they will be going back into special session after the announcement by Governor Scott Walker Thursday.

The special session was called to extend the time limits for people that have to leave BadgerCare and enter the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. Governor Walker extended the cut off date because the President’s health care plan rollout has been a huge failure.

Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch was in Wisconsin Rapids Thursday, and said the Governor is taking these actions because the federal government has really failed to keep their promises. “Well, the federal government may be supplying the country with uncertainty right now, we try and do the absolute opposite. We try and give people something they can depend on, some stability and some predictability, something where they know tomorrow and then the next day, and the week, and month and the year after that, they can count on the State of Wisconsin being there for them.”

Looking back on this Legislative session, Kleefisch says there were some huge victories for the people of Wisconsin, and one that stands out helps people with disabilities. “One of my favorite pieces of legislation that I’m particularly proud of because of our office’s work with folks with disabilities, is our DVR (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation) Bill that was authored by Senator Jen Schilling, and it draws down the full federal match for folks who have disabilities who work with a program from our Department of Workforce Development called the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.” This program takes unemployed people with disabilities and gets them training.

Kleefisch says one in five Americans has a disability, and this allows people to use this underutilized program to help people add value to their lives and to the business they work at.