Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is trying a new strategy to expand Medicaid in the state.

Evers announced a new push to get more people enrolled in BadgerCare or, have them buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act website. He calls those the first steps toward getting more Wisconsin residents covered. I

n an interview with WXPR recently, a Republican member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, Senator Tom Tiffany, said they feel the matter would long term come back to backfire on taxpayers.

Wisconsin Advocates Vow To Fight for Medicaid Expansion

May 17, 2019

MADISON, Wis. - For some Wisconsin policy advocates, a vote to remove Medicaid expansion from the proposed two-year state budget is simply the first mile of a marathon. 12019

The legislature's Joint Finance Committee is likely Thursday to kill a recommendation by Governor Evers to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin. The federal government is offering money for states to expand health insurance for less well off Americans, which has been accepted in 37 states. Wisconsin is one of 13 that has not accepted the money.

Proponents, like the advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin, say accepting it will cut costs and provide much broader coverage.

Wisconsin's Lt. Governor says accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid will help people needing health care and cut costs.

Mandela Barnes spoke with WXPR prior to giving an address in Rhinelander Friday. Governor Evers has proposed in his budget accepting federal money to make health insurance possible for more people. Former Governor Scott Walker refused to take the money.

Democrat Barnes says this could be a benefit to many...

Report: Rural Areas Reap Benefits in States with Medicaid Expansion

Sep 26, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - States that have expanded Medicaid have seen dramatic decreases in their numbers of uninsured, low-income adults, especially in rural areas, according to a new report that notes Alabama has gone in the opposite direction. Wisconsin did not accept expanded Medicaid funds.

According to the report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, the percentage of low-income adults without insurance who live outside of metropolitan areas dropped by almost 20 percentage points in states that have expanded Medicaid.

Wisconsin Medicaid: Partial Expansion, Partial Success

Jan 5, 2018
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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin has seen mixed results from a four-year experiment of partially expanding Medicaid, which in Wisconsin is called BadgerCare.

Children's Advocates: Medicaid Cuts Would Hurt Wisconsin

Jun 13, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. - Medicaid plays a bigger role in providing health coverage to people living in small towns and rural areas than it does in metropolitan areas, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Children and Families. And with its many small communities, that means Medicaid is a major factor in the well-being of Wisconsinites, the report shows.

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Even though Congress failed to act on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, an advocate says a threat remains for key programs that are popular in Wisconsin.

Monday, the public is invited to Rhinelander to hear two speakers talk about the funding threats to Medicaid that they say will impact people with disabilities, their families and the local economy.

Lynn Breedlove is co-chair of Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition.

He says the Trump budget includes cuts for Medicaid programs...

SeniorCare Proposal Could Mean Higher Drug Costs For Some

Feb 18, 2015

Democratic lawmakers are speaking out against a proposal that would cut thousands of people from the Senior Care prescription drug coverage program.

Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal would require everyone enrolled in SeniorCare to instead apply for Medicare Part D. Only those not eligible could stick with Senior Care. 

Democratic State Senator Kathleen Vinehout says switching to Medicare Part D will mean higher costs for constituents. 

The Oneida County Board voted in favor of an advisory referendum…asking voters whether the state should accept federal dollars for Medicaid. 

At Tuesday’s meeting County Board Supervisor Bob Mott said the issue had already been thoroughly debated.

“We are not looking for a debate today, we’re simply saying, does the county board support allowing people in Oneida County to express their opinion on whether the state should or should not accept federal moneys?” 

Twelve other counties have already called for the same referendum this November.

Oneida and Lincoln county are two of twenty counties asking the state to help run a pilot program supporting health care for poor people.

The state of Wisconsin refused to accept additional dollars from the federal government to cover the cost of a portion of BadgerCare, or Medicaid.

Following the lead from Ohio, the 20 counties would like the state to allow the money to flow directly to the counties.

Kevin Kane Wisconsin Citizen Action says Wisconsin has a long history of this type of funding...

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In the past 10 days, 7 county boards have written the Joint Finance Committee preparing the budget to accept federal Medicaid dollars to help fund Wisconsin's BadgerCare program.

Three of the boards included Oneida, Lincoln and Marathon counties.

Kevin Kane from the group Citizen Action of Wisconsin says the counties know they are likely to see first hand what will happen if those dollars don't come in....

The Oneida County Board has asked the Wisconsin legislature to accept federal Medicaid funds to continue BadgerCare. Governor Walker and Republican leaders have indicated they don't want the money.

Several speakers told the board accepting the money would hurt more than help.

A Board of Health Member...Jackie Cody...says 88,000 parents would be without health coverage from BadgerCare if the money is not accepted. The program does require a payment to be in it...