U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Governor Walker to Provide Update on Wisconsinites He Dropped from BadgerCare
Walker plan created a coverage gap and in 2014, resulted in 27,000 likely uninsured
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter today to Governor Scott Walker requesting an update on the Walker Administration’s efforts to transition the approximately 63,000 Wisconsinites that he removed from BadgerCare coverage to coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace. According to figures released by the Walker Administration in July 2014, almost 27,000 Wisconsinites that Governor Walker kicked off BadgerCare had not yet obtained health coverage and were likely uninsured.
“You had promised to use Medicaid and the ACA Marketplace to cut Wisconsin’s uninsured rate in half, however it has been over a year since Wisconsin taxpayers were updated on your plan to transition former BadgerCare recipients to coverage in the federal Marketplace,” Senator Baldwin said. “As such, I ask that you immediately provide the public with another report on how many of these Wisconsinites your Administration has transitioned to date, and how many it has not.”
Senator Baldwin stressed to Governor Walker that with the January 31st deadline fast approaching for individuals to enroll in private health insurance for 2016 in the ACA Marketplace, it is critical for the public, including Wisconsin enrollment assistors, to know how many former BadgerCare recipients still need to obtain ACA coverage under the Walker plan.
Governor Walker’s plan kicked 63,000 Wisconsinites off their BadgerCare coverage, created a coverage gap, rejected a federal investment to expand Wisconsin’s successful BadgerCare program, and exposed Wisconsin taxpayers to higher costs while covering fewer people.
Last month, Wisconsin’s nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released updated projections outlining how the State of Wisconsin could have saved over $1 billion in taxpayer money over six years by accepting available federal dollars to expand Wisconsin’s BadgerCare program through the Affordable Care Act. According to LFB’s projections, about 83,000 additional Wisconsinites would gain coverage through full expansion of BadgerCare.
Governors in 31 states, including ten Republican Governors, have put progress ahead of politics by expanding Medicaid coverage to more of their low-income residents under the ACA. In the Midwest, Republican Governor’s in Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan have all accepted federal investments and are moving Medicaid expansion forward.
“While I continue to believe that you have taken Wisconsin down the wrong path with your plan to remove 63,000 Wisconsinites from BadgerCare, I remain committed to strengthening the health security of all Wisconsin families and I stand ready to work together. To ensure that the Wisconsinites who have lost BadgerCare coverage are able to obtain the insurance they need by the end of the ACA enrollment period this month, I ask that you provide an immediate public report on how many of these individuals you have successfully transitioned to ACA Marketplace coverage,” Senator Baldwin said.
Press Releases by Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown and Bob Casey Introducing ‘Buy America’ Amendment to Water Infrastructure Bill, Call on Republican Leaders to Take ActionDec 6th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
Republican House leadership removed the Buy America reform, which previously passed the Senate by 95-3
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Removal of ‘Buy America’ Reform in Water Infrastructure BillDec 5th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
“By removing my Buy America standard, Speaker Ryan and House Republicans are embracing the status-quo in Washington.”
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Releases Statement on Nomination of Wealthy Insider with Deep Roots on Wall Street for Treasury SecretaryNov 30th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
“Wisconsin families struggling to get ahead do not want foxes guarding the hen house.”
Legislation aids Great Lakes communities by delivering next generation coastal data
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes for Bipartisan Reform to Increase Access to High Quality Health Care in Rural WisconsinNov 29th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
Rural communities in Wisconsin and across the country face many challenges in accessing high-quality health care.
U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Jeanne Shaheen, Ed Markey, and Joe Donnelly Call for Investments to Fight Opioid Epidemic in 21st Century Cures ActNov 23rd, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
In the letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid, the Senators stressed the need to provide immediate funding to address the opioid epidemic.