Today, the Milwaukee County Board voted 13-4 to override the veto of County Executive Chris Abele and approve placing 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. So far 9 counties have adopted this referendum, Bayfield, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Dunn, Lincoln, Clark, Outagamie, Dane, Milwaukee, with more following soon.
The negative impact of rejecting these federal funds, up to $1 million a day, 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. A recent report from Citizen Action of Wisconsin found that private insurance rates are $251 higher because of the rejection of Medicaid dollars for BadgerCare.
The recent news revealing that 38,000 were unable to enroll in Marketplace plans, falling into a coverage gap, provides additional evidence that rejecting federal dollars is dangerous public policy.
If Wisconsin were to accept enhanced federal Medicaid funds for BadgerCare, 84,700 Wisconsin residents would gain access to BadgerCare, bringing in over $2.4 billion into the state’s economy by 2021. See the county by county breakdown here.
JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN to accept federal funds for BadgerCare!