New BadgerCare Coverage Gap Data By County

New state data obtained from an open records request by Citizen Action reveals the most definitive numbers by county of those forced off of BadgerCare and of those who are uninsured. This is the first time this specific data has been released by county, and proves that forcing people off of BadgerCare impacts all counties and especially hurts rural areas.

62,776 parents were forced off of BadgerCare in April, and new data shows where the over 26,600 unable to enroll in affordable private coverage either at Healthcare.gov or elsewhere live by county. These individuals are left to purchase coverage that was never designed to be affordable for them at this income group. Because Walker rejected federal funds for BadgerCare and kicked more off, they are left to struggle to make ends meet.

  Total residents kicked off of BadgerCare Residents Stuck in "Coverage Gap" Percent  kicked off still uninsured Percent of total population kicked off of BadgerCare
ADAMS  265 130 49.06% 1.3%
ASHLAND  422 169 40.05% 2.6%
BARRON  889 371 41.73% 1.9%
BAYFIELD  284 117 41.20% 1.9%
BROWN  2635 1253 47.55% 1.0%
BUFFALO  189 84 44.44% 1.4%
BURNETT  225 96 42.67% 1.5%
CALUMET  425 191 44.94% 0.9%
CHIPPEWA  1085 399 36.77% 1.7%
CLARK  605 194 32.07% 1.7%
COLUMBIA  571 243 42.56% 1.0%
CRAWFORD  271 117 43.17% 1.6%
DANE  3150 1054 33.46% 0.6%
DODGE  961 390 40.58% 1.1%
DOOR  417 180 43.17% 1.5%
DOUGLAS  565 272 48.14% 1.3%
DUNN  566 269 47.53% 1.3%
EAU CLAIRE  1354 523 38.63% 1.3%
FLORENCE  58 32 55.17% 1.3%
FOND DU LAC  982 409 41.65% 1.0%
FOREST  155 79 50.97% 1.7%
GRANT  543 208 38.31% 1.0%
GREEN  417 138 33.09% 1.1%
GREEN LAKE  230 114 49.57% 1.2%
IOWA  288 84 29.17% 1.2%
IRON  109 27 24.77% 1.8%
JACKSON  310 146 47.10% 1.5%
JEFFERSON  895 356 39.78% 1.1%
JUNEAU  428 199 46.50% 1.6%
KENOSHA  1720 772 44.88% 1.0%
KEWAUNEE  197 85 43.15% 1.0%
LA CROSSE  1245 492 39.52% 1.1%
LAFAYETTE  202 66 32.67% 1.2%
LANGLADE  368 133 36.14% 1.9%
LINCOLN  476 195 40.97% 1.7%
MANITOWOC  908 374 41.19% 1.1%
MARATHON  1790 743 41.51% 1.3%
MARINETTE  661 301 45.54% 1.6%
MARQUETTE  159 68 42.77% 1.0%
MENOMINEE  52 25 48.08% 1.2%
MILWAUKEE  10239 4556 44.50% 1.1%
MONROE  618 294 47.57% 1.4%
OCONTO  498 242 48.59% 1.3%
ONEIDA  622 227 36.50% 1.7%
OUTAGAMIE  1840 843 45.82% 1.0%
OZAUKEE  579 246 42.49% 0.7%
PEPIN  108 42 38.89% 1.5%
PIERCE  436 228 52.29% 1.1%
POLK  735 381 51.84% 1.7%
PORTAGE  796 307 38.57% 1.1%
PRICE  329 115 34.95% 2.3%
RACINE  1969 896 45.51% 1.0%
RICHLAND  258 81 31.40% 1.4%
ROCK  1882 795 42.24% 1.2%
RUSK  327 115 35.17% 2.2%
SAUK  739 294 39.78% 1.2%
SAWYER  332 161 48.49% 2.0%
SHAWANO  638 300 47.02% 1.5%
SHEBOYGAN  1059 459 43.34% 0.9%
ST CROIX  951 479 50.37% 1.1%
TAYLOR  381 132 34.65% 1.8%
TREMPEALEAU  321 123 38.32% 1.1%
VERNON  433 149 34.41% 1.4%
VILAS  368 132 35.87% 1.7%
WALWORTH  1300 569 43.77% 1.3%
WASHBURN  368 143 38.86% 2.3%
WASHINGTON  1114 468 42.01% 0.8%
WAUKESHA  2431 1016 41.79% 0.6%
WAUPACA  667 283 42.43% 1.3%
WAUSHARA  301 145 48.17% 1.2%
WINNEBAGO  1812 839 46.30% 1.1%
WOOD  1253 483 38.55% 1.7%

Source: DHS Report Transitioning Member Summary by Resident County and BadgerCare Transitioning Members Not Found on the QHP Selection or Insurance Disclosure Files

The new data reveals that the state policy of forcing tens of housands off of BadgerCare has been especially damaging to rural counties, who have seen a higher percentage of their population denied affordable care and/or needlessly left uninsured.

Top Ten Counties With Highest Number of Residents Forced Off, as Percent of Population 

 Ashland  2.63%
 Price  2.32%
 Washburn  2.31%
 Rusk  2.21%
 Sawyer  1.99%
 Barron  1.93%
 Bayfield  1.89%
 Langlade  1.85%
 Iron  1.84%
 Taylor  1.84%

 

Top Ten Counties With Highest Number of Residents Left Uninsured, as Percent of Total Kicked off By County

Florence  55.17%
Pierce  52.29%
Polk 51.84%
Forest 50.97%
St Croix 50.37%
Green Lake 49.57%
Adams 49.06%
Oconto 48.59%
Sawyer 48.49%
Waushara 48.17%

What this means is that the state policy of forcing tens of thousands off of BadgerCare has hit rural counties disproportionately, and the counties most likely to see those forced off to remain uninsured are rural counties. Access to healthcare is a constant issue not just for rural or urban counties, but it seems that the latest state data shows that Walker's rejection of federal funds for BadgerCare and kicking 62,776 off of the program have hurt many rural counties the worst.

This has caused numerous counties to announce referendum on the upcoming November 4th ballot on this issue: should the state of Wisconsin accept available federal funds for BadgerCare? This question will be on the ballot in the following localities

  1. Milwaukee County
  2. Dane County
  3. City of Kenosha
  4. Jefferson County
  5. Bayfield County
  6. Douglas County
  7. Iron County
  8. Oneida County
  9. Portage County
  10. Outagamie County
  11. Eau Claire County
  12. Wood County
  13. Dunn County
  14. Clark County
  15. Chippewa County
  16. St Croix County
  17. La Crosse County
  18. Lincoln County
  19. Rock County
  20. Florence County

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  • commented 2015-02-27 02:15:50 -0600
    It’s time to guided the families about the consequences for not registering for badgercare. There might be some who can’t afford it for such families a better and modified plan is much required.
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  • commented 2014-10-02 16:14:12 -0500
    Scott Walker is destroying Wisconsin.