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October 12, 2018
Wisconsin's 12th Senate District contains communities in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, and Vilas Counties.

Committee Assignments:
  • Joint Committee on Finance
  • Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry Committee (Chair)
  • Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism Committee (Vice-Chair)
  • Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues Committee
  • Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions
Good Health Insurance News

In April, Governor Walker submitted the Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan, also known as the 1332 Waiver for State Innovation Application under the ACA, for federal approval. 2017 Wisconsin Act 138 allows Wisconsin to leverage federal funding for the operation of a state-based reinsurance plan; the Health Care Stability Plan. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of the Treasury approved Wisconsin’s 1332 Waiver application on July 29, 2018. The waiver will be effective on January 1, 2019.

Yesterday, the Governor announced his Health Care Stability Plan (WHCSP) will lower 2019 premium rates in Wisconsin’s individual health insurance market on a weighted average by 4.2 percent from 2018 rates and by 10 percent as compared to without WHCSP, based on rate filings received by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) and a report completed by Wakely. This is a significant change from the 44 percent rate increase the average Wisconsin consumer saw last year.
Governor Walker’s Health Care Stability Plan Fact Sheet is available here.
Opioid Workshop
 
Let’s Talk About Pain Medicines is a free 90-minute educational program developed by Wisconsin Health Literacy to help adults obtain a better understanding of how to more safely and effectively use prescription pain (opioid) medicine. 

Program topics include:
•    The differences between prescription opioids and other pain medicines
•    Safe storage of opioid medicine to help prevent others from finding and using them
•    What to do with unused opioid medicine 
•    Understanding of label directions (when and how long to take the medicine)
•    The importance of understanding warning labels 
•    When to call the pharmacist or doctor

Each participant is provided with a workbook and fact sheets to take home, plus everyone will receive a free pillbox organizer.  

Dr. Robert Sedlacek will be presenting this program on Tuesday, October 16th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the T. B. Scott Library Community Room.  Pre-registration is requested by Tuesday, October 9th to assure they have sufficient program materials.  Please contact Debbie Moellendorf, UW-Extension Lincoln County by email deborah.moellendorf@ces.uwex.edu or via phone (715) 539-1077 to reserve your spot today.  Space is limited.
Friend of Grocers

On Monday, I was awarded the "Friends of Grocers" award from the Wisconsin Grocers Association at Trigs in Minocqua.
Pictured: Brandon Scholz, WGA; Senator Tiffany; Trig Solberg, Chairman/CEO of Trig's
The "Friend of Grocers" Award is given to legislators who score an "A" on the WGA's Legislative Report Card - an extensive study of all legislators' performance in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Lawmakers are graded according to their actions on certain issues that are especially important to the grocery industry, including: unemployment insurance reforms; personal property tax relief; and several labor issues.

This was the third Friend of Grocers Award I have received.
Senate Scholars
 
If you are a high school student, or a parent of a high school student, who is interested in learning more about how our state government works, please check out Wisconsin's Senate Scholar Program!
 
The Senate Scholar Program is an intensive week-long educational program offered by the Wisconsin State Senate. Admission to the program is highly competitive and is limited to 33 academically exceptional high school juniors and seniors from around Wisconsin. Each Senate Scholar receives a hands-on, up-close view of the Legislature’s role in our democracy. 

Senate Scholars gain experience in such diverse areas as policy development, constituent relations, and processing legislation by working with Senators, legislative staff and University of Wisconsin faculty.

The Senate Scholar Program is open to Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors aged 16-18. The program is also open to qualified individuals who are homeschooled. Each Senate Scholar must have outstanding academic qualifications and experiences that demonstrate an ability to perform tasks with a high degree of responsibility. Applicants may also be subject to additional requirements imposed by their high school.

The deadline to apply is November 21, 2018. 

Small Business Round Table

There will be a small business round table on October 24th hosted by the Park City Credit Union in Merrill. If you are interested in attending, please contact Representative Mary Felzkowski at rep.felzkowski@legis.wi.gov

District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
October 13 ZOO BOO at Wildwood Wildlife Park Minocqua
October 13 Harvest Fest Boulder Junction
October 13 Pumpkin Fest Three Lakes
October 13 Annual Fall Craft Fair & Food Drive Laona
October 13 11th Annual ATV/UTV Charity Ride Antigo
October 20 LDF Lions "Food for Kidz" Minocqua
October 20 Junior Women's Craft Fair Antigo
October 24 Free CPR Class Crivitz
October 27 Zombie Crawl Land O'Lakes
October 27 Harvest Dinner & Raffle Brantwood
October 31 Spooktacular Halloween & Haunted Shantytown Presque Isle
November 2 FCS Chili Cook-Off Coleman
November 3 Lioness Christmas In November Presque Isle
November 2-4 Over the River and Through the Woods Rhinelander
November 3-4 Dirty Dog Dryland Derby Pearson
November 4 Fall Harvest Unity Dinner Crivitz
November 10 Christmas Bazaar St. Germain
November 10 WBA Christmas in the Park Wausaukee
November 10 Old Fashioneds Up North Eagle River
November 16 Venison Feed Tomahawk
November 17 Santa's Workshop Craft Show Tomahawk
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
Email: sen.tiffany@legis.wisconsin.gov
As always, if you have any events for our calendar, comments or thoughts regarding the subjects of this newsletter, please feel free to contact me.
Copyright © 2018 Office of State Senator Tom Tiffany, All rights reserved.


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