While much media coverage has been rightly given to Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to defer to the federal government regarding health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, I’m concerned that there is virtually no conversation on another major issue of this legislation — expanding BadgerCare in Wisconsin.
I have worked in health care my entire professional career, often serving people who seek care and do not have insurance. Frequently these people work two or three jobs, none of which offer insurance, or lose their jobs because of illness or some event over which they have little or no control.
Whether they lose insurance or never had it, Medicaid is an important safety net.
Walker has not yet announced whether he will support eligibility expansion of BadgerCare, but he should.
It’s estimated that accepting federal Medicaid revenue from the Affordable Care Act could save Wisconsin’s economy
millions of dollars, allow 211,000 low- to moderate-income citizens access to BadgerCare, create jobs in the health sector and prevent increased taxes on Wisconsin businesses.