Rep. Kind Calls on Governor Walker to Put Wisconsinites First and Expand BadgerCare
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Governor Walker requesting that he put the needs of Wisconsinites first and accept federal money to expand BadgerCare. The failure by Congressional Republicans to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act signifies that it is time to put aside partisanship and provide Wisconsin’s most vulnerable with the support they need.
“It is long past time for the Governor to end his ideological war on the Affordable Care Act and accept federal funding to expand BadgerCare for Wisconsin’s disabled, children, and seniors. Wisconsin has already missed out on the chance to save over $690 million and ensure health care coverage for thousands of Wisconsinites. If we don’t expand BadgerCare, the costs of uncompensated care will rise and force healthy Wisconsinites to pay higher insurance premiums,” said Rep. Kind.
Read the letter here.
Recently, the Republican-led state of Kansas voted to expand Medicaid, joining other Republican-led states like Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Nevada, and New Mexico, to possibly become the 32nd state to expand Medicaid. The momentum is not slowing with Republican controlled legislatures in North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia actively looking at expanding and Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota likely to consider expansion.
Rep. Kind has long called on Governor Walker to accept federal money to expand BadgerCare. These calls are more pressing than ever. If Wisconsin does not accept money to expand estimates suggest taxpayers could lose out on more than $1 billion in savings. Also, if Wisconsin does not expand by 2019, the state will miss out on the opportunity to receive full federal funding to expand BadgerCare.