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Evers Issues Limited Health Care-related Executive Orders

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a pair of executive orders designed to fulfill his campaign pledge of increasing access and affordability to health care and insurance. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a pair of executive orders designed to fulfill his campaign pledge of increasing access and affordability to health care and insurance. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Created: January 09, 2019 08:53 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a pair of executive orders designed to fulfill his campaign pledge of increasing access and affordability to health care and insurance.

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But the executive orders released Tuesday stop far short of Evers' promises to expand Medicaid coverage and drop Wisconsin's involvement in a multi-state lawsuit seeking repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Doing either of those things requires approval of the Republican-controlled Legislature.

One of Evers' orders calls for the Department of Health Services to develop a plan to ensure that more people have access to affordable, quality health care by expanding Medicaid.

He's also directing a number of state agencies to implement plans or make recommendations to protect people with pre-existing conditions and protect against attempts to repeal the federal law.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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