Iowa a Model for How Wisconsin Can Accept Federal Funds for Badgercare

Statewide – On a media call today, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and State Representative Daniel Riemer revealed a new option for Wisconsin to accept the federal Medicaid funds on its own terms. An audio recording of the call can be downloaded here.

The Iowa plan has the same mix of public and private insurance, and the same eligibility levels for Medicaid as Wisconsin. The difference is the Federal government pays the cost of expansion, and also uses Federal Medicaid dollars to make private health insurance affordable for people just above the poverty line. 

If Wisconsin requested a federal Medicaid waiver like the one already approved by the federal government for Iowa, the upcoming state budget could save an estimated $315 million in the biennium and working families could save hundreds or even thousands per year in lower health costs.

“The Iowa fix for BadgerCare is a win-win, making health care more affordable to health consumers just above the poverty line, and saving the state hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

The following chart compares the Iowa plan to current law in Wisconsin.

Table: Comparing 40 year old applicant just over federal poverty line, Iowa vs Wisconsin geographic areas

 

Premium monthly1

Out-of-Pocket2

Per Person, more than Iowa, annually

Eligible3,4

Iowa, statewide5

$06

$0

-

148,000

Milwaukee

$20

$50 - $760

+$290 - $1,000

21,959

Madison

$20

$0 - $700

+$240 - $940

4,489

La Crosse

$20

$500 - $700

+$740 - $940

4,193

Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls

$20

$250 - $500

+$490 - $740

2,680

Central Wisconsin7

$20

$500

+$740

7,091

Green Bay

$21

$50 - $760

+$302 - $1,012

3,367

Appleton/Oshkosh

$20

$0 - $1,200

+$240 - $1,440

4,324

Twin Cities area, WI side8

$20

$50 - $1,000

+$290 - $1,240

2,036

Dubuque area, WI side9

$20

$400

+$640

1,288

Waukesha

$21

$400

+$652

2,506

Superior

$20

$250 - $500

+$490 - $740

800

Sheboygan/Manitowoc

$21

$50 - $760

+$290 - $1,000

2,628

Janesvillle/Beloit

$20

$0 - $700

+$240 - $940

3,115

Fond du Lac

$20

$400

+$640

1,244

Racine/Kenosha

$20

$50 - $760

+$290 - $1,000

6,282

Rhinelander

$20

$500

+$740

644

1 – Monthly premium for 2nd lowest cost silver plan, 40 year old applicant, $12,000 annual income, source Healthcare.gov

2 – Range between deductible and out of pocket maximum, 2nd lowest cost silver plan, 40 year old, $12,000, source Healthcare.gov

3 – Iowa Medicaid eligible,source

4 – Wisconsin County level Medicaid eligible, source

5 – Results the same for all counties within Iowa,source Kaiser Family Foundation

6 - $0 for first year, $10 second year but waived with wellness check,source Kaiser Family Foundation

7 – Includes Marathon, Wood & Portage counties

8 – Includes St Croix, Pierce & Polk Counties

9 – Grant County, Wisconsin

 

Contacts:

Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324 robert.kraig@citizenactionwi.org

Kevin Kane (414-550-8280) kevin.kane@citizenactionwi.org

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