New State Report on BadgerCare Reveals Cost to Counties.

Recently the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau revealed new estimates of the state cost and number of individuals impacted by Walker’s decision on BadgerCare. Previous Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates on BadgerCare had provided a methodology to determine county by county impact of the BadgerCare decision. Using this we are able to show by county the new estimate of 87,000 individuals denied access to BadgerCare live. Additionally, we are able to reveal amount of federal funds prevented from entering each county’s local economy during the current biennium budget.

While Governor Walker forced roughly 63,000 off of BadgerCare, 38,000 of which are stuck in a coverage gap unable to access affordable insurance, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau now shows that a total of 87,000 Wisconsin residents have been denied access to BadgerCare by refusing to accept federal Medicaid funds. This includes many of those forced off BadgerCare needlessly, many of those now stuck in the coverage gap, as well as uninsured individuals intended to join BadgerCare as part of the Affordable Care Act.

The new LFB memo also estimates that if Wisconsin had accepted the Medicaid funds for BadgerCare, $561 million more in federal funding would have entered Wisconsin’s economy in this biennium. Funding doctor’s visits, hospital stays and more. The county breakdown of these federal funds are below. (Note, this does not include state savings just total federal funds entering the county economy between the 2013-2015 biennium)

County..........Eligible, new LFB enrollment est.............Federal Funds Lost This Biennium

Adams............................400....................................................$2,580,600

Ashland...........................70.....................................................$448,800

Barron............................931....................................................$6,002,700

Bayfield..........................17......................................................$112,200

Brown............................3,367.................................................$21,710,700

Buffalo............................9.......................................................$56,100

Burnett..........................322.....................................................$2,075,700

Calumet.........................409.....................................................$2,636,700

Chippewa...................... 1,114..................................................$7,180,800

Clark..............................26.......................................................$168,300

Columbia........................722.....................................................$4,656,300

Crawford........................305.....................................................$1,963,500

Dane..............................4,489..................................................$28,947,600

Dodge............................1,105..................................................$7,124,700

Door..............................409.....................................................$2,636,700

Douglas..........................800.....................................................$5,161,200

Dunn..............................679.....................................................$4,375,800

Eau Claire......................1,566.................................................. $10,098,000

Florence........................9..........................................................$56,100

Fond du Lac.................. 1,244................................................. $8,022,300

Forest...........................35.......................................................$224,400

Grant.............................679....................................................$4,375,800

Green............................505.....................................................$3,253,800

Green Lake....................296.....................................................$1,907,400

Iowa.............................313......................................................$2,019,600

Iron...............................17........................................................$112,200

Jackson.........................17........................................................$112,200

Jefferson.......................1,079...................................................$6,956,400

Juneau...........................539.....................................................$3,478,200

Kenosha........................2,845...................................................$18,344,700

Kewaunee .....................261.....................................................$1,683,000

La Crosse.......................4,193..................................................$27,040,200

Lafayette........................244.....................................................$1,570,800

Langlade.........................461.....................................................$2,973,300

Lincoln............................139.....................................................$897,600

Manitowoc.....................1,053...................................................$6,788,100

Marathon.......................2,010...................................................$12,959,100

Marinette.......................809......................................................$5,217,300

Marquette......................244......................................................$1,570,800

Menominee....................209......................................................$1,346,400

Milwaukee......................21,959.................................................$141,596,400

Monroe..........................35........................................................$224,400

Oconto..........................566......................................................$3,646,500

Oneida...........................644.....................................................$4,151,400

Outagamie.....................2,027..................................................$13,071,300

Ozaukee........................557.....................................................$3,590,400

Pepin..............................9.........................................................$56,100

Pierce............................418.....................................................$2,692,800

Polk..............................748.....................................................$4,824,600

Portage........................879......................................................$5,666,100

Price.............................26........................................................$168,300

Racine..........................3,437....................................................$22,159,500

Richland....................... 348......................................................$2,244,000

Rock.............................3,115...................................................$20,083,800

Rusk.............................35....................................................... $224,400

Sauk............................966.......................................................$6,227,100

Sawyer.........................61....................................................... $392,700

Shawano......................731.......................................................$4,712,400

Sheboygan...................1,575....................................................$10,154,100

St Croix........................870......................................................$5,610,000

Taylor...........................35........................................................$224,400

Trempealeau.................17........................................................$112,200

Vernon..........................9..........................................................$56,100

Vilas.............................35........................................................$224,400

Walworth.....................1,514...................................................$9,761,400

Washburn....................392.......................................................$2,524,500

Washington.................1,148....................................................$7,405,200

Waukesha....................2,506...................................................$16,156,800

Waupaca.....................792.......................................................$5,105,100

Waushara....................374.......................................................$2,412,300

Winnebago...................2,297...................................................$14,810,400

Wood..........................4,202....................................................$27,096,300

STATEWIDE..................87,000.................................................$561,000,000



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  • commented 2014-08-19 09:15:33 -0500
    Scott Walker’s political ambition is costing Green County $3,253,800 and denying 505 residents of Green County BadgerCare. Shouldn’t the Green County Board pass a resolution asking the state to accept the federal money to expand BadgerCare? At the very least, the County Board could put the question to the voters in November. Call your county supervisor today, and tell them you support accepting federal funds to expand BadgerCare. http://www.co.green.wi.gov/localgov_council.asp?locid=148