Walker's $26 Million Low Income Health Tax

On March 31st, an estimated 77,000 Wisconsinites currently on BadgerCare will be forced off of the program and told to figure out health coverage for themselves. All told, An estimated 83,972 Wisconsinites (not including Tribal members) will be denied the opportunity to be guaranteed affordable health coverage because of Walker's rejection of billions in federal funds to fill in the holes of BadgerCare.

This decision means that those who make between 100% to 133% of the federal poverty line will really only have as an option the health marketplace and it's available tax credits on Healthcare.gov. It also means that now they will have to pay new deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. The Affordable Care Act helps those who are low income with tax credits to reduce premiums as well as out of pocket costs on silver

We looked at what this means for these just under 84,000 individuals, and found that it represents at least $26,326,901 per year in additional costs for these low income individuals in deductibles alone. Not even including other out of pocket costs like co-insurance or new co-pays.

The data below looks at the deductible of the lowest monthly premium cost option in each county for an individual making just over 100% of the Federal Poverty Line.

 

COUNTIES Lowest Premium Plan Deductible Residents between 100-133% FPL Total Yearly Deductible
Adams $500 320 $160,190
Ashland $250 53 $13,280
Barron $250 754 $188,618
Bayfield $250 12 $2,905
Brown $500 2722 $1,361,200
Buffalo $250 8 $2,075
Burnett $250 259 $64,740
Calumet $500 332 $166,000
Chippewa $250 903 $225,760
Clark $250 22 $5,395
Columbia $500 584 $292,160
Crawford $500 249 $124,500
Dane $500 3630 $1,815,210
Dodge $500 895 $447,370
Door $500 331 $165,585
Douglas $250 646 $161,435
Dunn $250 545 $136,328
Eau Claire $250 1267 $316,853
Florence $250 6 $1,453
Fond du Lac $500 1003 $501,735
Forest $250 29 $7,263
Grant $500 546 $273,070
Green $500 407 $203,350
Green Lake $500 239 $119,520
Iowa $500 252 $126,160
Iron $250 16 $3,943
Jackson $250 15 $3,735
Jefferson $500 873 $436,580
Juneau $500 434 $217,045
Kenosha* $0 2296 $0
Kewaunee $500 212 $105,825
La Crosse $250 3388 $847,015
Lafayette $500 196 $97,940
Langlade $250 370 $92,545
Lincoln $250 113 $28,220
Manitowoc $500 853 $426,620
Marathon $250 1625 $406,285
Marinette $500 655 $327,435
Marquette $500 200 $100,015
Menominee $500 172 $85,905
Milwaukee $500 17742 $8,871,040
Monroe $250 30 $7,470
Oconto $500 457 $228,665
Oneida $250 521 $130,310
Outagamie $500 1636 $817,965
Ozaukee* $0 448 $0
Pepin $250 7 $1,660
Pierce $150 338 $50,672
Polk $150 603 $90,387
Portage $250 707 $176,790
Price $250 22 $5,603
Racine* $0 2780 $0
Richland $500 281 $140,685
Rock $500 2515 $1,257,450
Rusk $250 27 $6,848
Saint Croix $150 704 $105,576
Sauk $500 777 $388,440
Sawyer $250 50 $12,450
Shawano $500 593 $296,310
Sheboygan $500 1273 $636,610
Taylor $250 29 $7,263
Trempealeau $250 11 $2,698
Vernon $500 10 $4,980
Vilas $250 27 $6,848
Walworth $500 1224 $612,125
Washburn $250 316 $79,058
Washington* $0 927 $0
Waukesha $500 2022 $1,010,940
Waupaca $500 637 $318,720
Waushara $500 299 $149,400
Winnebago* $0 1854 $0
Wood $250 3395 $848,675
       
TOTAL   69,694 $26,326,901

 

Deductibles provided by Healthcare.gov. Eligible population provided by Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates minus those who have employer coverage, estimated by Kaiser Family Foundation

 *Note, this chart does not include Out of Pocket Maximums that would include other out of pocket costs such as coinsurance, co-pays etc. For Winnebago, Racine, Kenosha, Washington and Ozaukee Counties, while their deductibles are $0, that particular plan has a $1,200 out of pocket maximum.

 

These millions in extra costs for low income Wisconsinites do not need to happen. The state can accept federal funds for BadgerCare so these tens of thousands of residents can truly access quality affordable coverage. Health advocates and moral people who consistantly advocate for accept these federal funds to cover our low income citizens.

 

Research done by Kevin Kane, Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

Kevin.kane@citizenactionwi.org

@Kevinkane

414 550 8280

 

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  • commented 2014-03-20 16:11:03 -0500
    So Ok in middle of loosing insurance from employer off work on Long term disability was on short 60% of crappy base pay. $1,120 gross. Cancer. just finished 1 and half years chemo. Single. Still have follow ups & port flushes need physical therapy for numb fingers. 85% of my type of cancer returns within 5 years. How am I supposed to pay for insurance that will cover me and keep a roof over my head, eat (right), ? I pretty much figure I cant and my life will be cut even shorter because of it.I have a problem with the way our Social Security and Medicare are set up and walkers making it very difficult to qualify. Those who will qualify are probley homeless and once they get help will be kicked off cause they’ll be at walkers poverty level. The poverty level in WI is not based on the actual cost of living in this state.