Scott Walker will delay shifting 77,000 on BadgerCare to federal health exchange
|By David Wahlberg, The Wisconsin State Journal|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
A bill to be acted on after
Under Walker's budget passed in June, both groups were scheduled to lose their coverage
But enrollment in the exchange, which started
"It has become abundantly clear that the rollout of Obamacare is failing," Walker said in calling for the three-month delay. "We don't want anyone in this state to fall through the cracks."
The delay would also affect about 82,000 childless adults below the poverty level who are expected to gain BadgerCare coverage under Walker's plan. They would be eligible for coverage beginning
Walker said the BadgerCare delay won't result in any cost to the state and the HIRSP delay can be covered by a surplus in that program. With the Assembly and the
"We support the governor's call for a special session to quickly address the problems the Obama administration created in
Democrats said the delay wouldn't be needed if Walker had accepted federal funding to fully expand
"If the governor is insisting on holding a special session to fix this budget screwup, he should simply accept all the funds now to avoid another special session fix in the future," said Senate Minority Leader
But Walker said some state-run exchanges are having problems, and the troubled federal rollout is "precisely why I didn't take the
"People who are taking the
In February, Walker said adults on BadgerCare who make more than the poverty level --
The state notified 77,000 people, most of them parents, in late September that they might lose BadgerCare at the end of the year. But letters informing people for sure aren't scheduled to be sent until
People must enroll on the exchange by
The state started mailing paper applications this week to the 77,000 people. Enrollment can also be done by phone at 800-318-2596.
But that was only if such a certification was required, and it is not, said
"As it turns out, there is no such requirement, which appears to negate the intent of the JFC amendment," Peacock wrote in a blog post last week.
Walker opposes the Affordable Care Act, which relies on the exchanges to increase coverage for people who don't get insurance through their jobs or programs such as
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