Quick Links to Wisconsin Public Interest Law Publications
A Thinking Guide to Inclusive Child Care
This 51 page pdf file format was written in February 2008 by Mark Sweet, PhD and posted by Disability Rights Wisconsin, Inc.,
an advocacy public interest law firm in Wisconsin concentrating on the rights of disabled persons.
For Related information on 2007 Changes in Child Care Record Keeping Rules
Legal Action of Wisconsin Report on Milwaukee's Housing Crisis: Foreclosures, Evictions, and Subprime Lending
This 33 page pdf file was written in July 2007 by John Pawsarat and Lois Quinn of the Employment and Training Institute,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and posted by Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., a public interest law firm representing concentrating on
representing low-income clients in Wisconsin.
Legal Action of Wisconsin Report on Mortgage Lending Practices in Milwaukee County, Part Two,
on the first report and identifies the major lenders in the subprime lending market in Milwaukee County.
Homeless in Milwaukee,
a point in time survey on January 25, 2007, conducted by the Continuum of Care for Milwaukee County.
The Tenant Source Book Revised
For more than two decades The Tenant Sourcebook has been the
standard reference source for tenants and their advocates on housing law in Wisconsin.
Updated and Revised in March 2009 by Attorney Korey Lundin of the Madison Office of Legal Action of Wisconsin,
Inc. this new version includes the new law requiring that in foreclosure actions the tenant be given notice.
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What's happening with BadgerCare? ? ? ?
Who knows? Stay tuned. Because the State of Wisconsin did not try to continue the current BadgerCare
Plus and BadgerCare Core plans through the Affordable Care Act, the eligibility rules are changing.
plan was originally to cut 80,000 -- 95,000 current recipients by cutting back the income
Those new income limits were originally supposed to be implemented through the national
healthcare.gov website since
Wisconsin did not choose to have its own website for implementing the new health insurance marketplace.
The problems with the national website has the State rethinking if it will implement the cuts
originally planned for January 1. The cuts will probably be delayed.
The good thing about the switch in Wisconsin is that single adults with no children at home and
with income below $11,490
(the federal poverty level for 1) will become eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Currently, the BadgerCare Plus Core program is capped and no one new can be added.
The bad news about the switch in Wisconsin is that those who are already on BadgerCare Plus Core and
have incomes above the federal poverty level are being cut. They should be eligible to buy insurance
through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. The subsidies available through the Affordable Care Act
will make the premiums affordable. The subsidies will cover the entire premiums for some people.
Rights of Victims of Identity Theft in Criminal Background Reports Contrasted
The NBC affiliate in Chicago has contrasted the disparity of legal remedies available to
victims of identity theft in criminal background checks. In one case, from Illinois,
the victim was able to use a federal law covering consumer reporting agencies to obtain a monetary settlement that
will provide a significant incentive to stop the circulating of incorrect criminal background check reports. By
contrast, the Wisconsin case, which involves criminal background reports produced by the Wisconsin Department of
Justice, has no such remedy.
View more videos at: http://nbcchicago.com.
Wisconsin Appeallate Courts Require Hearing in Wrongfully Terminated Day Care License Cases
In 2009, in its haste to "do something" about newspaper reports of fraud in the child care program,
the Wisconsin legislature an ambiguous statute. The new law permanently disqualifies people who have been
convicted of a crime involving "fraudulent activity" by a participant in any one of many, specifically listed,
public assistance programs.
One of the people swept up in that statute asked for
an administrative hearing to prove that the new law did not apply to her. The Department of Workforce Development convinced
an administrative law judge that she was not even entitled to be heard on whether the new law applied to her.
On February 7, 2012, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals reversed the administrative law judge and remanded the case for
a hearing. Calling the State's position "troubling," especially given the harsh consequences of the ambiguous new law,
the Court of Appeals held that the state could not conclude without a hearing that the new law applied.
Click here to read the opinion
The Wisconsin Attorney General appealed. On January 13, 2013, the Wisconsin Supreme Court
affirmed the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
Jamerson v. Department of Children and Families. Three months later, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, applied
Blake v. Racine County Human Services Dept.,
3013 WI APP 45
that evidence beyond the criminal complaint is required to establish both "fraudulent activity" and
that the activity was by a participant in one of the listed public benefits programs.
Access to Health Care in Wisconsin
The Pathway Plan:
Setting the Course Toward Universal Health Care in Wisconsin
Medicare & You 2009