Clark Becomes 6th County to Announce BadgerCare November Referendum

Clark County Board votes to place an advisory referendum on accepting the federal funds for BadgerCare.

Last night the Clark County Board voted to place an advisory referendum on the November ballot asking voters whether the State of Wisconsin should accept enhanced federal funds for BadgerCare rejected by Walker and conservatives in the Legislature. Clark is the 6th county to adopt this referendum, following Lincoln, Dunn, Outagamie, Milwaukee and Eau Claire counties, with more following soon.

The support this week by the Clark and Lincoln County Boards demonstrates how this issue transcends partisanship and is important to rural and urban counties alike.

Many Wisconsin counties have strongly supported taking the enhanced Medicaid money offered by the Affordable Care Act. Last year 20 counties took legislative action calling on the state to change course and accept enhanced BadgerCare funding. In addition, the nonpartisan Wisconsin Counties Association called on the legislature to accept the federal funds. When their request was ignored by the current administration, leaders from 20 counties sent a letter to the state’s Department of Health Services requesting the power to accept the federal funding within their own borders, as has been allowed in other non-expansion states.

The negative impact of rejecting these federal funds is particularly devastating at the local level. With fewer people guaranteed access to health coverage they can truly afford, uncompensated care costs will remain high in local hospitals and county-supported clinics, forcing cost-shifting to county-budgets, consumers and local businesses.

If Wisconsin accepted enhanced federal Medicaid funds for BadgerCare, 84,700 Wisconsin residents would gain access to BadgerCare. The federal funds will also bring in over $2.4 billion into the state’s economy by 2021. See the county by county breakdown here.

Rejecting federal money is costing more, while covering fewer lives. Wisconsin is losing up to $1 million a day in federal funds for BadgerCare. Health care advocates believe many working families kicked off BadgerCare will not be able to afford increased co-pays and deductibles. Citizen Action of Wisconsin recently reported that deductibles alone will increase by an estimated $26 million dollars for those being denied BadgerCare by Governor Walker.

"In November voters in Clark County and across Wisconsin will have the opportunity to send a clear message to the Governor and Legislature about the importance of guaranteeing affordable access to health care for everyone in Wisconsin," said Kevin Kane, Lead Organizer of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

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