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Katrina Shankland

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Petitioning Jimmy Anderson, Jill Billings, Katrina Shankland, Dave Hansen, Robin Vos, Dave Considine, Tony Evers, Adam Neylon, Cindi S. Duchow, John Jagler, Travis Tranel, David Steffen, Tyler August, Rob Staf...

Cap Insulin Prices in Wisconsin

As a person managing type 1 diabetes myself of over 15+ years, I understand that affordable insulin is truly a life and death matter. Simply put, INSULIN IS NOT OPTIONAL.  That’s why I am seizing the opportunity to support proposed legislation that would cap the amount insulin can cost in Wisconsin. I need your help to make this law a reality.   There is a health care crisis happening around the country. Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 1.25 million Americans. 200,000 of them are youth. Insulin is NOT a cure for type 1 diabetes - it is a necessary treatment that helps people managing type 1 diabetes survive. Insulin should not be so expensive that people have to worry about how they’re going to afford this life-saving medication.  I’m proud that my home state of Wisconsin could become the next state, after Colorado, to put a price cap on insulin. Although $100 per month for insulin remains unaffordable for many, this legislation is an important first step and is very exciting -- particularly because insulin can cost as much as $500 per month. My hope is that Wisconsin can help lead the national conversation around health care reform, but I need your support to make it happen.    Add your signature of care and tell the Wisconsin Legislature to cap the price of insulin in Wisconsin at $100 per 30-day supply. The pharmaceutical companies that control insulin pricing should be ashamed. This law can help put some humanity back into our healthcare system by making insulin more affordable for thousands of people. Help make this legislation a reality.  If Colorado can do it, so can Wisconsin, and so can every state so that no matter where a diabetic lives, they can access life-saving medication without emptying their bank accounts.  Learn more about Type 1 Diabetes at Please add your signature to this document to show your government representatives, Reps. Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg), Jill Billings (D-LaCrosse), Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), that you support the Wisconsin Insulin Price Cap Bill. This will help Wisconsin families everywhere live easier while managing the auto-immune disease, type 1 diabetes. Help to end disparities in the type 1 diabetes community so all families of different socioeconomic circumstances managing the condition can live easier with it.  The official definition for type 1 diabetes, as told by JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is: "Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. T1D seems to have a genetic component and can be diagnosed early in life but also in adulthood. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure. People with T1D are dependent on injected or pumped insulin to survive." Type 1 diabetes effects approximately 1.25 million Americans. Of this number, 200,000 are youth. Insulin is NOT a cure for type 1 diabetes. It is a necessary treatment that helps people managing type 1 diabetes survive. Should this bill go through, people managing type 1 diabetes can be less stressed about the cost and reach better blood-glucose levels to live better with the condition. Learn more about T1D community disparities here: Learn more about the bill here: Watch this petition for updates.

Julia Rose
62,847 supporters
Petitioning Tammy Baldwin, Mark Pocan, Fred Risser, Chris Taylor, Terese Berceau, Melissa Sargent, Lisa Subeck, Joe Parisi, David Mahoney, Gwen Moore, Glenn Grothman, Paul Ryan, Ron Kind, Sean Duffy, Reid Ribb...

Wisconsin Electeds: Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline NOW!

We the people of Wisconsin are calling on you, our local, state and federal elected officials, to demand that President Barack Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers stop permitting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).   Already, the pipeline construction has shamefully desecrated sacred Standing Rock Sioux burial grounds and violated federal treaty agreements. And, as pipelines notoriously will do, the DAPL has the great potential to leak into the Missouri River and cause immeasurable harm to the precious lives of this nation whose water and livelihood depends on the river.   We must stop being reckless with our natural resources.   We must stop violating treaty agreements between the USA and First Nation peoples.  We must not just speak but act with integrity, care and respect for human beings!  We ask you, our elected officials, to stand with us and demand an end to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction. The DAPL is designed to transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day along this route, and it will cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. This construction represents a perpetuation of the brutal colonization of First Nation lands and people that began hundreds of years ago and risks polluting the Missouri river and poisoning the United States citizens who depend on that river to survive. This fight is for a love of people, respect for other’s human rights, the integrity of the agreements we make and the protection of that which keeps us all alive and it can only be successful if we have your voice.  Please, tell President Barack Obama and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the Dakota Access Pipeline Project is threatening to all life along the Missouri River and to the trust between this nation’s government and its people.  They must revoke the permits of Dakota Access and shut the pipeline down. The Standing Rock Sioux have a right to determine the fate of their lands, cultural heritage, and natural resources. We all have the human right to clean, oil-free water.  Not one of us can live without it. Respectfully,   

Amelia Royko Maurer
1,722 supporters
Petitioning Scott Walker, Tammy Baldwin, Ron Johnson, John Nygren, Dale Kooyenga, Amy Loudenbeck, Gordon Hintz, Mary Felzkowski, Mark Born, Mike Rohrkaste, Katrina Shankland, Albert Darling, Luther Olsen, Shei...

Don't let Governor Walker silence the voices of Respiratory Therapists!

Hello, We would like to pass along some very concerning information that the WSRC was recently notified of. There has been a proposal written by Governor Walker to repeal the RT licensing advisory council and with 3 other councils, then combine it into 1 new entity. Respiratory Care is listed under “Medical Assistance Council” along with Physician Assistants, Anesthesiology Assistants….etc. This move would essentially eliminate our “voice” by eliminating both RT seats at the end of their term and replacing those individuals with other professions. The RT terms expire 7/1/18 & 7/1/19. RTs in the state of WI would have no legislative appeal in place for future decisions made. An example could be the de-licensing of Respiratory Therapists in Wisconsin, which we know would jeopardize patient safety. Earlier this month, Iowa fought a bill that called for the de-licensure of a range of professionals…including respiratory therapists. The current budget proposal was shared with Cheryl West, Director of Government Affairs for the AARC. Cheryl’s comments are below:. “A point to raise is that creating a combined Med. Assistants Bd. will water down the RT presence as the other professions get their own seats. How would anything ever get done in terms of interpretation of the law or rules when the others on this new council would most likely be clueless about the specifics of other professions. Or worse still, some of the appointees could join an alliance to rule against another profession and in the RT instance you wouldn’t have enough votes to override some decision that was harmful to the RT profession”. Members of the WSRC Board of Directors are already reaching out to members of the Respiratory Care licensing board, AARC Governmental Leadership and affiliate states to determine the best course of action to take at this time. Please share this information with RTs, family and friends of RTs, and those who support the profession. There is strength in numbers! If you have any questions or would like to assist the board as we move forward, please contact any member of the WSRC We know that Respiratory Care Practitioners do more than "just give breathing treatments"!!! With rising pulmonary disease rates and the billions of dollars spent treating these diseases, it is going to take the continued work of specialized healthcare professionals, like Respiratory Therapists. This petition will be sent to Governor Walker, Sen. Tammy Baldwin,  Sen. Ron Johnson, and the members of the Joint Finance Committee. Below is the link to the proposal in its entirety, but here is the excerpt causing concern: Governor: Create an Occupational License Review Council in DSPS. Define "occupational license" as: (a) a license, permit, certification, registration, or other approval granted under DSPS statutes related to building safety, plumbing, fire protection, fireworks, and professional occupations, including the occupations regulated by the boards attached to DSPS; and (b) a license, permit, certification, registration, or other approval not included under (a) if granted to a person by the state in order that the person may engage in a profession, occupation, or trade in Wisconsin, or in order that the person may use one or more titles in association with his or her profession, occupation, or trade. Specify that the Council would consist of the following 13 members: (a) eight members appointed by the Governor, to serve at the pleasure of the Governor; (b) one majority party member and one minority party member from each house of the Legislature, appointed in the same manner as members of standing committees in the Legislature; and (c) the Secretary of DSPS, or his or her designee, to serve as chair of the Council. The DSPS Secretary or designee would serve as a nonvoting member, except that he or she could vote in the case of a tie. Require the Council to submit a report no later than December 31, 2018, to the Governor, Chief of the Legislative Reference Bureau, and the Chief Clerks of the Assembly and Senate for distribution to the Legislature. Require the Council, in preparing the report, to take into account the estimated impact of its recommendations on state revenues and expenditures. Require that the Council's report include recommendations for the elimination of occupational licenses based on all of the following: (a) an evaluation of whether the unregulated practice of the profession, occupation, or trade can clearly harm or endanger the health, safety, or welfare of the public, and whether the potential for the harm is recognizable and not remote or speculative; (b) an evaluation of whether the public reasonably benefits from the occupational license requirement; (c) an evaluation of whether the public can be effectively protected by any means other than requiring an occupational license; (d) an analysis of whether licensure requirements for the regulated profession, occupation, or trade exist in other states; (e) an estimate of the number of individuals or entities that are affected by the occupational license requirement; (f) an estimate of the total financial burden imposed on individuals or entities as a result of the occupational licensure requirement, including education or training costs, examination fees, private credential fees, occupational license fees imposed by the state, and other costs individuals or entities incur in order to obtain the required occupational license; and (g) any statement or analysis provided by the agency or board administering the occupational license. In addition, require that the report include the Council's recommendations for the reduction or elimination of continuing education requirements for occupational licenses not recommended for elimination. Medical Assistants Council. Eliminate the following statutory advisory councils: (a) the Perfusionists Examining Council, which advises MEB on the regulation of perfusionists (medical technicians who operate heart-lung machines that propel oxygenated blood to a patient's tissue while a surgeon operates on the patient's heart); (b) the Council on Physician Assistants, which advises MEB and the UW Board of Regents regarding licensing, practice standards, and education and training for physician assistants; (c) the Council on Anesthesiologist Assistants, which advises MEB regarding the practice of anesthesiologists assistants; and (d) the Respiratory Care Practitioners Examining Council, which advises MEB regarding the practice of respiratory care practitioners. Create the Medical Assistants Council (MAC) and transfer the functions and duties of these four Councils to MAC. Provide that Council membership would be staggered for three-year terms and composed of members from each of the professions regulated by the MEB, as shown below: Council Members Initial Term Expiration 2 Anesthesiologist Assistants July 1, 2018, and July 1, 2020 2 Respiratory Care Practitioners July 1, 2018, and July 1, 2019 2 Perfusionists July 1, 2019, and July 1, 2020 2 Physician Assistants July 1, 2019, and July 1, 2020 1 Member of the Public July 1, 2018 1 Physician* *Appointed by the Chair of the MEB; all other members are appointed by the MEB. SAFETY AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES -- REGULATION OF PROFESSIONS Page 401 Provide that the Governor may provisionally appoint new members of MAC, who would remain as members until withdrawn by the Governor or acted upon by the Senate. If confirmed by the Senate, each member would continue for the remainder of the unexpired term, until a successor is chosen and qualifies. Here is the link for the proposal:

Sarah Brundidge
1,591 supporters
Petitioning Wisconsin State Senate, Wisconsin State House, Bryan Steil, Gwen Moore, Tony Evers, Adam Neylon, Scott L. Fitzgerald, Romaine Robert Quinn, Mark Miller, Thomas Tiffany, John Nygren, Luther S. Olsen...

Support Health Care for Wisconsin Police Officers, Fire Fighters and EMTs

Every day, we in Wisconsin call on police officers and fire fighters to arrive immediately for situations we find too dangerous or unpredictable to deal with on our own.   When these first responders arrive, we expect them to be healthy, reasonable and effective in how they perform but how can we ask this of them when, as a state, we refuse to accommodate their healthcare needs as determined by their work conditions?  They are human and, like all humans, will suffer mentally and physically from repeated exposure to trauma, but Wisconsin laws don't seem to take that into account. Wisconsin’s First Responders deserve full coverage for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment through workers compensation whether or not the symptoms are the result of an extreme event or the day-to-day work. Traumatic events police officers encounter on a day-to-day basis include:  handling severely injured or deceased people including babies violent interactions racing through red lights inspecting abandoned buildings the anticipation of danger These stressful events are unavoidable for officers and they take a toll.   Among other alarming byproducts, PTSD increases suicide risk, and the rate of suicide among police officers is far higher than the national average. Over a 3.5 year period from January of 2016 to June of 2019: 103 officers were killed by felony assault (Officer Down) 578 officers took their own lives. (Blue Help)  Today, Wisconsin law prevents most officers and fire fighters with PTSD due to day-to-day stress from receiving needed assistance by failing to compensate them.  Senate Bill 511/Assembly Bill 569 can change that.  It states the following: "The bill provides that if a public safety officer is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist and the mental injury that resulted in that diagnosis is not accompanied by a physical injury, that public safety officer can bring a claim for worker’s compensation benefits if the conditions of liability are proven by a preponderance of the evidence and the mental injury is not the result of a good-faith employment action by the person’s employer. Under the bill, such an injured public safety employee is not required to demonstrate a diagnosis based on unusual stress of greater dimensions than the day-to-day emotional strain and tension experienced by similarly situated employees as required under School District No. 1 v. DILHR, 62 Wis. 2d 370, 215 N.W.2d 373 (1974).” Wisconsin must meet the demand for police and fire healthcare so that they may do their jobs safely and in optimal health.  Please join us in urging our State Legislature to vote for Senate Bill 511/Assembly Bill 569, sign this petition and share it!  

The Community Response Team
582 supporters
Cap Insulin Prices in Wisconsin

No one should have to choose between their insulin and paying for their groceries, utilities, or rent. I'm pleased to work with my colleagues to introduce legislation to cap insulin costs, which is modeled after a Colorado law. The patent for insulin was sold for just one dollar so that it was available to everyone who needed it. Since 2012, however, the price of insulin has more than doubled, with the list price for one vial of insulin at about $250. Today, one in four people with diabetes have said they've had to ration insulin because they can't afford the skyrocketing costs. People have died from rationing insulin, and we should never accept this, but instead work to change it. In a moral society, everyone has access to the prescriptions and medicine they need to live. That's why I'm proud to work with my colleagues in addressing this issue and capping the price of insulin at $100 per month. It's the right thing to do, and I hope this spurs a much-needed conversation in the legislature on how we can work together to rein in the rising costs of prescription drugs. Recently, Governor Tony Evers asked the legislature to act on this vital legislation for our public health. I encourage you to contact your state senator and state representative and ask them to cosponsor Assembly Bill 411 and Senate Bill 340. It's past time for us to act. Thank you for your interest in this important issue!

3 months ago