Congratulations to Racine and Ascension Wisconsin for stepping up and filling a void by providing health care for those who can’t afford insurance!

It’s the fifth largest city in Wisconsin, but healthcare access remains a challenge in Racine.

That’s about to change thanks to a newly-announced, public-private partnership — and a $1 million donation from Ascension Wisconsin.

Today, it’s a school. But as soon as this summer, Julian Thomas Community School in Racine will also house the new Racine Community Health Clinic.

It’s a facility Racine has never had. It will give low-income families a chance to seek high-quality care for regular checkups, shots, dental and more — with no insurance necessary.

Ascension’s donation is split into $200,000 increments over the next five years. To help the clinic open this year, the City of Racine, Racine County and Gateway Technical College all pledged $50,000 as well.

We don’t have to wait until the federal government finally gets its stuff together and enacts universal single payer insurance for all…or wait for Madison to take the paper bags off their heads and expand Wisconsin’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. Local government and local healthcare providers can work together to fill those local needs.

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