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BadgerCare would become 'public option' under proposed bill

BadgerCare would become 'public option' under proposed bill

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Wisconsin residents could purchase BadgerCare, the state's Medicaid plan, at full price as a "public option" for health insurance under proposed legislation released Wednesday by state Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay, and state Sen. LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee.

The move would help people who have a hard time getting private insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchange, from which insurers are dropping out, said Citizen Action of Wisconsin, which supports the proposed bill.

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Citizen Action and Democrats say President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are sabotaging the exchange. Republicans say the problems stem from former Democratic President Barack Obama's health law.

A BadgerCare buy-in would cost adults $7,224 per year, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

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