Health & Science
2:38 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Walker Administration Will Alert 92,000 People Losing Medicaid Coverage

State Medicaid Director Brett Davis says a letter will go out Sept. 23, to adult participants with incomes exceeding 100% of the federal poverty level.

The letter will instruct those individuals to find a private health insurance plan through the new federal marketplace.

Under Gov. Walker's 2013-15 state budget, he opens the state Medicaid/BadgerCare program to all adults living below the federal poverty line. However, he rejected federal money to expand the program to adults with incomes up to 133% of poverty.

According to Davis, the change will mean 92,000 adults here now covered by Medicaid will lose that coverage as of 2014. Wisconsin has covered parents up to 200% of the poverty line. Going forward, the state program will only provide health care for the children of those parents.

People can begin enrolling in the new federal marketplace or exchange, in October. Premiums will be due in December.

The Walker administration has released a list of providers who can participate in the Wisconsin marketplace, but not yet any additional information such as the coverage the plans offer and their cost.

The federal Affordable Care Act will provide subsidies, based on income.