The Affordable Care Act Provides an Opportunity to Fill the Gap in BadgerCare

Wisconsin should use the Affordable Care Act (ACA) opportunity to fill the gap in BadgerCare. The ACA gives states the opportunity to ensure health insurance coverage of nearly all low-income individuals. In Wisconsin, our BadgerCare program provides coverage for parents and a small number of non-caretaker adults up to 200 percent of the poverty level, however, there is a large gap in coverage for the majority of non-custodial, low-income adults. These individuals (non-custodial adults with income below 138 percent of the poverty level) would be eligible for BadgerCare in 2014 if Wisconsin takes advantage of this federal funding.

Governor Walker will decide as he announces his 2013-15 biennium budget (usually mid-February) whether he supports using the ACA opportunity to fill the gap in BadgerCare.

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