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Gov. Tony Evers pitches $28M for women's health care issues

Posted at 10:20 AM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 11:35:24-05

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wants his first budget to include nearly $28 million to expand access to a variety of women's health care issues.

The Democratic governor's "Healthy Women, Healthy Babies" proposal will be in the two-year budget he presents Feb. 28. The Capital Times reports Thursday the governor's initiative will focus on boosting post-partum coverage for mothers insured by Medicaid and increasing grants for programs that address health disparities, including helping reduce infant mortality rates among black children.

The plan would also add funding to programs that provide screenings for cancer and testing for sexually transmitted infections and restore state and federal funding for Planned Parenthood that former Gov. Scott Walker took away.