By now you’ve probably heard of the Wisconsin Department of Human Services (DHS) contract that allows the agency to pay out more than $1.5 billion to help with the costs of the 2016 mass shooting at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
In a press release on Monday, Gov.
Scott Walker announced that the agency will pay $1,700 for each of the county employees who lost their health care coverage in the event that they don’t sign up for it by July 1.
In the statement, the governor said that this is a step forward in ensuring that the County of Milwaukee is a model for all communities and that “there will be no additional cost for our county employees to purchase insurance in the next year.”
The contract, which is currently being negotiated, was first signed by Walker in 2014, after a shooting at an assisted living facility left four people dead.
That shooting occurred in the county’s northside, where the agency works with residents in the Milwaukee Public Housing Authority (MPA).
In 2015, the agency also contracted with the MPA to provide health care to some of the affected residents in its care.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office is the only county agency to have been directly involved in a mass shooting in the United States since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.
In that incident, a gunman opened fire inside a classroom at Sandy Hook, killing 20 children and six adults.
The shooting occurred on the anniversary of the Sandy Hough massacre, which left 22 people dead and hundreds more injured in Newtown, Connecticut.
According to a 2015 report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), the county is one of the worst counties in the country for mass shootings.
In the statement issued by Walker, the state’s top health official also confirmed that the county will not be able to use the federal health care program known as Medicaid to provide insurance coverage for any county employees.
As a result, the counties largest employer, the Milwaukee County Health Department, will continue to pay $2,500 per county employee in the state to purchase health insurance.
However, Walker’s statement did not mention that the counties current $1 billion contract also allows the county to pay a $1 million stipend to all of the people who were eligible for the state assistance, and it will also cover some of their medical bills.
This agreement is an important step forward for the safety of our state’s workforce and our taxpayers, Gov Walker said.
It is critical that our employees get access to affordable, quality health insurance and it is critical for Milwaukee County that this money be used to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents.
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