Maintenance. We are currently updating the site. Please check back shortly
Members login
  • TrustLaw
  • Members Portal
Subscribe

Wisconsin Assembly approves delay in state Medicaid changes

Source: Reuters - Wed, 4 Dec 2013 08:45 PM
Author: Reuters
Tweet Recommend Google + LinkedIn Bookmark Email Print
Leave us a comment

(Updates with Assembly approval)

By Brendan O'Brien

MILWAUKEE, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Wisconsin legislators on Wednesday approved delaying by three months a plan to shift thousands of people from a state Medicaid program onto the federal health insurance marketplace, which has been plagued by technical problems.

The Republican-led Assembly voted 64-32 to approve a proposal that would allow 72,000 people due to be shifted from Wisconsin's BadgerCare Medicaid program on Jan. 1 to stay on until the end of March.

Republican Governor Scott Walker sought the delay. The majority Republican state Senate could vote on the delay later in December.

The healthcare.gov website for the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, had a rocky start on Oct. 1. Wisconsin officials said only 877 residents were able to sign up for the federal healthcare exchange that month.

Last weekend, federal officials said the site was performing markedly better after a self-imposed deadline to fix the it.

Walker called a special session to consider the delay, which would give the BadgerCare recipients more time to enroll in the federal marketplace for health insurance.

Wisconsin was one of 36 states that chose not to create a state exchange, instead relying on the federal government to create an exchange where people can shop for health insurance.

Walker's state budget signed in June tightened the income qualifications for BadgerCare to 100 percent of the federal poverty level, from 200 percent, pushing 72,000 people toward the federal health insurance program.

At the same time, the plan expanded BadgerCare eligibility to about 83,000 childless adults who have household incomes less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level. The measure lawmakers are considering in the special session would require those adults to wait until April 1 to enroll in BadgerCare. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by David Bailey, David Gregorio and Dan Grebler)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. For more information see our Acceptable Use Policy.

comments powered by Disqus
LATEST SLIDESHOW

Latest slideshow

See allSee all
FEATURED JOBS
Featured jobs