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Options for Closing the Shrinking Medicaid Deficit

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.

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Inconsistencies between the BadgerCare Changes and the Affordable Care Act

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.

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