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AARP says there is still an opportunity to accept fed money to expand BadgerCare

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - AARP Wisconsin says about 89,000 people will be forced off BadgerCare and will be uninsured unless they can purchase insurance through exchanges set up through the federal healthcare plan.

Governor Walker is changing the income cap for BadgerCare and opening it up for childless adults.  While it will gain new participants, it sheds an estimated 89,000 current participants. 

Walker opted to have the federal government and not the state set-up state exchange that is supposed to be available by October 1st, the same time BadgerCare open enrollment begins. 

While the legislature approved a budget this week that would turn town millions in federal money to expand BadgerCare, AARP says there is still an opportunity for the state to accept that money that fully pays for an expansion of BadgerCare for the first three years. 

After that, the state has to pay 10% of the expansion costs.