SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - New numbers regarding the decision not to expand BadgerCare under the Affordable Care Act may have prevented over ten million dollars from the federal government to enter Sheboygan County to cover health care costs such as doctor’s visits and hospital stays.
Kevin Kane with Citizen Action of Wisconsin says this is based on the estimated 1,575 people in the county who cannot get health insurance under BadgerCare after Governor Scott Walker and Republican legislators decided not to accept federal dollars to expand it. Instead, they came up with a plan that ended BadgerCare coverage for those who were above the poverty line, making room for those who were under the poverty line to receive it.
Statewide, the number of people impacted is estimated at 87-thousand, which in turn cost the state $561 million from Washington. Kane said some of these people have found health coverage elsewhere, but for many others they have not and most likely have no health coverage at all.
Governor Walker has said his reason for not expanding BadgerCare under the Affordable Care Act was due to the fear of losing federal funding for this in the future and having the state government cover those costs.