The state of Wisconsin is aiming to expand the no-contraception program through the help of Health Reform Law. Their main aim is to give wide access of no-cost contraceptive services and materials to families through Medicaid. However, not all families can avail the no-cost contraceptive program; only those that have $21, 600 annual incomes can avail. Childless low-income women of Wisconsin cannot avail too. By June, the state released a report that they have increased the qualifying limit of households that can avail the no-cost contraceptive program up to $32, 490. The services offered under this program are Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing, Pap Tests and several Infertility Treatments in chosen states. Men are included in the program too. They can avail vasectomies, condoms and STI Testing.
Wisconsin Health Reform Law offered a permanent expansion for Medicaid family planning services. The State of Wisconsin is eligible to make the proposal permanent if they prefer. However, there are certain issues on the increase of qualifying limit. Several advocates say that the State should provide funds in able to provide the program to much unfortunate women and policies that requires the program. On the other hand, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is opposed to the no-cost contraceptive program offered by the State of Wisconsin. As a matter of fact, Richard Doerflinger, associate director of USCCB Secretariat Pro-Life Activities believe that it is totally embarrassing and rude in part of women, stating that men tend to desire the reproductive organ alone and not its produce, the baby. Even Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action is opposed; along with her group they will try to hinder the program expansion. In the end, there’s only a minimum chance due to Democrat controlled Legislature and the Governor’s Office.