Refusing to Expand Medicaid is Fiscally and Morally Irresponsible
Report released shows MA expansion would result in $1 billion in state savings
MADISON – A memo released by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau has confirmed that under the American Rescue Plan Act, Wisconsin could receive an additional $1 billion in federal funding if the BadgerCare program is expanded. This measure is proposed in Governor Tony Evers’ 2021-23 budget.
Senator Agard (D-Madison) released this statement regarding the funding:
“Healthcare is a human right – all Wisconsinites deserve to have access to affordable, quality healthcare. Expanding BadgerCare would provide access to care for 90,000 more people in our state, create over $1 billion in GPR savings, and create good paying jobs for our healthcare heroes. This is a no-brainer – it is irresponsible that Republicans in the legislature are even considering not keeping this provision in the state budget.
“The governor’s plan, on the other hand, is people focused and fiscally responsible. I have a proven track record of working for my constituents and will continue to do so as it’s clear that it’s a priority of the people in the 16th District as they have been asking me to advocate for increased access to health care and to act as a good steward of their hard earned tax dollars.”