In a letter to Governor Walker, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin called for a delay to cutting over 77,000 citizens off of BadgerCare while the option to transition to the new marketplace remains challenging. Citizen Action of Wisconsin applauds Senator Baldwin’s common sense proposals to assure that Wisconsin families who need health coverage do not fall between the cracks. Senator Baldwin’s letter can be found here
"We are extremely concerned that the timeline for Wisconsin's changes in BadgerCare will needlessly disrupt essential health coverage for tens of thousands of moderate income Wisconsin families. Senator Baldwin is offering practical and common sense solutions which Governor Walker ought to adopt. Senator Baldwin's proposals would give Wisconsinites who are losing BadgerCare coverage the reasonable time they need to enroll in new federal options under the Affordable Care Act." Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
Senator Baldwin’s proposal to Governor Walker is to amend the waiver request Wisconsin made to the federal government changing BadgerCare to move the cut-off date from December 31st to March 31, 2014. Wisconsin has power to delay forcing these 77,000 individuals off of BadgerCare, just as it has the power to still accept the federal Medicaid funds to strengthen BadgerCare long term. In addition, Senator Baldwin proposes that Wisconsin take enhanced Medicaid dollars, at least in the short term, to make sure that moderate income families do not fall between the cracks. Citizen Action of Wisconsin continues to urge Governor Walker to permanently accept these enhanced federal dollars to fill the holes in BadgerCare.