BadgerCare: Added and Denied by County

On Monday May 19th, the Walker Administration released data showing the number of people at the county level who have signed up for BadgerCare since March 31st, as well as a statewide estimate of the number of people he kicked off.

Citizen Action was quick to point out that Walker is trying to take credit for work that would have already happened, and then some, had Wisconsin merely accepted the federal funds for BadgerCare. Governor Walker not only rejected federal funds for BadgerCare, he kicked tens of thousands off of the program while spending more state funds to cover those under the poverty line; whereas accepting the federal funds for BadgerCare would have covered far more citizens are prevented many from being kicked off.

This rejection of federal funds has a very large fiscal and human impact. Estimates show that Wisconsin is losing out on up to $1 million per day in available federal funds. And those denied BadgerCare? They will have to pay far more in out of pocket costs alone that they should have. Over $26 million more in fact.

Below is a county breakdown showing the number of people Walker is trying to take credit for covering in BadgerCare, next to the numbers of those that would have also gained coverage had he instead accepted the federal funds for BadgerCare.

COUNTY Number added to BadgerCare   Additional Residents Wisconsin could have Covered Had Walker Accepted Federal funds for BadgerCare. TOTAL
ADAMS
401
 + 386 787
ASHLAND
70
 + 64 134
BARRON
591
+ 909 1,500
BAYFIELD
7
+ 14 21
BROWN
2,684
+ 3,280 5,964
BUFFALO
1
+ 10 11
BURNETT
287
+ 312 599
CALUMET
270
+ 400 670
CHIPPEWA
697
+ 1,088 1,785
CLARK 0 + 26 26
COLUMBIA
504
+ 704 1,208
CRAWFORD
170
+ 300 470
DANE
6,488
+ 4,374 10,862
DODGE
755
+ 1,078 1,833
DOOR
373
+ 399 772
DOUGLAS
566
+ 778 1,344
DUNN
489
+ 657 1,146
EAU CLAIRE
1,347
+ 1,527 2,874
FLORENCE
8
+ 7 15
FOND DU LAC
999
+ 1,209 2,208
FOREST
1
+ 35 36
GRANT
407
+ 658 1,065
GREEN
367
+ 490 857
GREEN LAKE
208
+ 288 496
IOWA
269
+ 304 573
IRON
20
+ 19 39
JACKSON
1
+ 18 19
JEFFERSON
756
+ 1,052 1,808
JUNEAU
342
+ 523 865
KENOSHA
2,886
+ 2,766 5,652
KEWAUNEE
192
+ 255 447
LA CROSSE
3,114
+ 4,082 7,196
LAFAYETTE
165
+ 236 401
LANGLADE
381
+ 446 827
LINCOLN
107
+ 136 243
MANITOWOC
830
+ 1,028 1,858
MARATHON
1,541
+ 1,958 3,499
MARINETTE
646
+ 789 1,435
MARQUETTE
221
+ 241 462
MENOMINEE 0 + 207 207
MILWAUKEE
26,932
+ 21,376 48,308
MONROE
2
+ 36 38
OCONTO
479
+ 551 1,030
ONEIDA
582
+ 628 1,210
OUTAGAMIE
1,563
+ 1,971 3,534
OZAUKEE
604
+ 540 1,144
PEPIN 0 + 8 8
PIERCE
346
+ 407 753
POLK
541
+ 726 1,267
PORTAGE
846
+ 852 1,698
PRICE
15
+ 27 42
RACINE
3,270
+ 3,349 6,619
RICHLAND
240
+ 339 579
ROCK
2,537
+ 3,030 5,567
RUSK
25
+ 33 58
SAUK
636
+ 936 1,572
SAWYER
44
+ 60 104
SHAWANO
422
+ 714 1,136
SHEBOYGAN
1,174
+ 1,534 2,708
ST CROIX
532
+ 848 1,380
TAYLOR
24
+ 35 59
TREMPEALEAU 0 + 13 13
VERNON
3
+ 12 15
VILAS
2
+ 33 35
WALWORTH
1,229
+ 1,475 2,704
WASHBURN
274
+ 381 655
WASHINGTON
938
+ 1,117 2,055
WAUKESHA
2,629
+ 2,436 5,065
WAUPACA 554 + 768 1,322
WAUSHARA 326 + 360 686
WINNEBAGO 1,849 + 2,234 4,083
WOOD 3,480 + 4,090 7,570
BAD RIVER TRIBE
54
+ 80 134
LAC COURTES OREILLES TRIBE
22
+ 6 28
LAC DU FLAMBEAU TRIBE
130
+ 178 308
MENOMINEE TRIBE
102
+ 0 102
ONEIDA TRIBAL COUNCIL
61
+ 307 368
POTAWATOMI TRIBE
1
+ 7 8
RED CLIFF TRIBE
44
+ 80 124
SOKAOGON TRIBE
46
+ 30 76
STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE TRIBE
12
+ 23 35
 TOTAL 81,731* + 84,700  = 
166,431*

* - shows those newly eligible for BadgerCare as of March 31st, original estimate was slightly higher at 83,000. This is likely because not all who are eligible for BadgerCare have yet signed up, and thus may be a slightly higher number in time.

 

Tens of thousands of citizens could gain access to quality affordable coverage in BadgerCare when Wisconsin accepts federal funds that continue to be available to us. These funds never sunset and will continue to be an option for our state, all we must do is have the political will to reach out and use them.

As Robert Kraig put it yesterday: “It is the height of hypocrisy for Governor Walker to take undue credit for expanding access to health care for low income Wisconsinites. Because of Walker’s politically motivated decision to turn away up to $1 million a day for BadgerCare, tens of thousands of Wisconsin’s most hard pressed working families will be forced to choose between health care, food, rent, and other basics.”

 

- Kevin.kane@citizenactionwi.org

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  • commented 2014-06-03 08:03:54 -0500
    Walker has not and does not do ANYTHING for the people of this state. He works for the Koch brothers and follows their agenda to the letter. He brought the dirtiest of politics to this state. We need to clean it up!
  • commented 2014-05-20 12:33:31 -0500
    This sure shows the ridiculousness of Tea Party politics,
    Walker needs to find his spine and do the right thing by
    his constituents (Wisconsin taxpayers!)