Health Care

Every family needs and deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care services. People covered by health insurance are healthier, make less use of expensive emergency room services, do better in school and at work, and are more economically stable.

The Affordable Care Act, enacted by the federal government in 2010, has brought dramatic changes to the health care landscape across the nation and in Wisconsin. One of the ACA's key features is a health insurance marketplace through which eligible people can buy coverage beginning in 2014. One of the most critical issues regarding how health care reform plays out in Wisconsin will be the marketplace's ability to accommodate the large number of low-income people who are being forced by changes in BadgerCare eligibility rules to purchase their own insurance.

For much more information about the new health coverage marketplace see the federal governments website, and the Wisconsin enrollment outreach site

Congressional Plans to Gut the ACA and Medicaid will Reverse Gains Made in Children’s Access to Care

The Senate is considering even deeper cuts to Medicaid funding than those proposed by the House in the American Health Care Act.  These cuts would negatively impact the gains made in health care access for children across the nation.  A report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that 3 million children nationwide […]

Read More

DHS Proposes New Impediments to BadgerCare Participation

Many Wisconsinites could lose their access to health care services if a new set of Walker administration proposals is approved by federal officials.  The proposals formally unveiled today by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) would adversely affect thousands of childless adults who have incomes below the poverty level and who rely on BadgerCare […]

Read More

CBO Analysis of ACA Insurance Gains: House Plan Amounts to Repeal and Erase

A new report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms most of our worst fears about the House Republican plan to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and radically change Medicaid.  The March 13th report released by the Republican-appointed director of the CBO shows the following: Federal Medicaid funding would drop even […]

Read More

Medicaid Spending Growth Continues to Slow

DHS Projects State Share of Medicaid Spending to be $312 Million Less than Budgeted Medicaid spending in Wisconsin has been far less than state lawmakers anticipated when they approved the 2015-17 budget bill 18 months ago.  The sharply reduced estimates of Medicaid spending undercut the argument that state policymakers will have to make Medicaid cuts […]

Read More