Back in October 2011, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) estimated that the state was facing a shortfall in the budget for Medicaid and BadgerCare of about $550 million during the 2011-13 biennium: almost $220 million in state General Purpose Revenue (GPR) and $330 million of matching federal funds.
This two-page paper provides an overview of the BadgerCare Plus changes approved by the federal Department of Health and Human Services for adults over 133 percent of the federal poverty level. It also notes which of the Walker Administration proposed changes were not approved, including those which would have caused 29,000 children to lose their BadgerCare coverage.
Late on April 27th
Wisconsin received word from federal officials that the Department of Health Services
(DHS) may proceed with a portion of the proposed changes to BadgerCare. DHS immediately initiated
the process of putting those changes into effect, beginning on July 1, 2012. The modified plan is expected to cause about 17,000 adults to lose their BadgerCare coverage, and many more will have higher costs for their coverage.
This four-page document provides a summary of the major bills related to health and health care that were considered by the Wisconsin legislature during the 2011-12 session, which came to a close in March 2012. It includes links to bill text and history, and notes which bills were signed into law by the Governor
The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) allows states to get federal matching funds for extending health insurance to certain immigrants who are not citizens
The cost-cutting changes that the Department of Health Services (DHS) has been seeking to make to BadgerCare have been evolving over the last few months, as DHS negotiates with federal officials regarding the requested waivers and plan amendments.
Although there are some resources available to aid immigrant families in navigating the health system, access to culturally and linguistically
appropriate care and information is not universally available in Wisconsin.