Federal funds are available to cover thousands of residents in affordable quality coverage - BadgerCare. Here's what's at stake.
1. Who could access coverage? - If the state took federal funds Wisconsin could cover people between 100-133% of the federal poverty line (FPL). That means individuals earning between $11,670-$15,521 a year (what about for families?)
2. How many people earn between that amount? - The latest state estimates say 87,000 Wisconsin residents statewide. See by county here.
3. What do people who have been denied BadgerCare do now? - they must find health insurance elsewhere, such as from an employer or from the online marketplace Healthcare.gov. The problem is that this income group will face unrealistic costs because they were never expected to have to go to Healthcare.gov and as such these plans are not really affordable for them.
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