With less than a month left for Wisconsinites forced off BadgerCare to purchase private insurance, data collected by Citizen Action of Wisconsin shows that Gov. Walker's rejection of federal Medicaid funds is costing the state up to $1 million more per day.
The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates that 84,700 more people would be eligible for BadgerCare if Governor Walker and the Legislature would accept enhanced federal funds made available by the Affordable Care Act. These Wisconsin residents between 100-133% of the federal poverty line now have the option of purchasing more expensive insurance at Healthcare.gov by May 30th, if they can afford it. The subsidies available were not designed for people at this low income level because it was assumed states would accept enhanced federal Medicaid dollars.
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Here is how the numbers work. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the impartial and non partisan budget agency of the state legislature, estimates that the average cost per BadgerCare enrollee per month comes out to $368 a month. This means that every month up to $31,169,600 in federal funds could enter our state now till the end of 2016, or up to $1,025,315 per day on average. Federal funds would continue to enter Wisconsin beyond 2016 at a slightly reduced level (between 90-95% of the cost.)