Medicaid & BadgerCare Category Archive


  • Wisconsin Ranks Among Bottom of States in Securing Federal Funds

    This current (group) of Republicans has a pattern of behavior of making bad financial and fiscal decisions for political reasons.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 10/14/2019
  • Senate Republicans Reject Expanding Health Care, Pursue Dangerous Abortion Bans

    Republicans in control of the state Senate are poised to intervene in health care decisions being made by Wisconsin women.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/05/2019
  • Republicans, Touting Conservative Study, Warn Against Medicaid Expansion

    Liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now revealed Williams offered to advise former Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential campaign.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/20/2019
  • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Did Walker Turn Down $1 Billion in Medicaid Funding?

    Wachs says that Governor Walker has turned down one billion dollars in Medicaid money,” said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel… “He didn’t trust the federal government and to continue to...

    PolitiFact, 06/15/2018
  • Tens of Thousands of Needy but Able-bodied Adults in Wisconsin Could Have to Work to Qualify for State

    Health coverage under a plan from Gov. Scott Walker that has won support from President Donald Trump’s administration…Walker and his fellow GOP governors in nine other states have sought to impose work...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/12/2018
  • Top 10: SV Health and Rehab Center Struggles to Keep Doors Open

    Part of the problem, Larson said, with getting CNAs to come and work at their facility is the lack of Medicaid money to help pay them a higher, competitive wage. Larson said...

    Pierce County Herald, 12/31/2017
  • State Budget Panel Green Lights Scott Walker’s Plan to Drug Test Medicaid, Food Stamp Recipients

    The state Legislature’s budget-writing committee voted on Thursday to require some Wisconsin residents using food stamps and receiving public health care to be tested for drug use and to meet work requirements...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/26/2017
  • Wisconsin Plan to Be First State to Drug Test Medicaid Applicants Wins Committee Approval

    Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require able-bodied, childless adults applying for Medicaid health benefits to undergo drug screening, a move that could serve...

    Chicago Tribune, 05/25/2017
  • At Trump’s Urging, States Try to Tilt Medicaid in Conservative Directions

    Wisconsin is preparing to recast its Medicaid program in ways that no state has ever done, requiring low-income adults to undergo drug screening to qualify for health coverage and setting time limits...

    Washington Post, 05/25/2017
  • Provisions to BadgerCare Cause Concern for Individuals With Substance Abuse, Low-income

    The provisions laid out in Walker’s proposal will mostly affect individuals with diagnosed substance abuse and low-income families, Kraig said. Wisconsin Council on Children and Families research director Jon Peacock said his...

    Badger Herald, 04/18/2017
  • Critics: Scott Walker’s Plan to Drug Test Medicaid Applicants Would Backfire

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is proposing changes to the state’s Medicaid program, also known as BadgerCare, that would would require drug testing and treatment for some applicants. An official in the Walker...

    Capital Times, 04/17/2017
  • Want Medicaid Coverage? A Drug Test Should Come First, Wisconsin Governor Says

    Now that House Republicans have squandered their shot at reordering Medicaid, governors who want conservative changes in the health program for ­low-income Americans must get special permission from the Trump administration. Near...

    Washington Post, 04/02/2017
  • With Congress Gridlocked, Scott Walker Wants Trump to OK Drug Tests for State Health Coverage

    With the GOP’s repeal of Obamacare stymied in Congress, Gov. Scott Walker is still rejecting the federal law and instead asking the Trump administration to let Wisconsin drug test applicants for state...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/27/2017
  • Walker Supports Medicaid Block Grants to States for Health Care

    According to the Republican outline, Medicaid would be revamped to give states either block grants or per-capita grants, as opposed to the federal government’s paying a percentage of the total cost. In...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/27/2017
  • Walker Among GOP Governors Pushing for Medicaid Changes

    Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and GOP congressional...

    Associated Press, 02/24/2017
  • Walker Budget Proposal to Increase Personal Care Worker Wages Could Help Ease Crisis

    Gov. Scott Walker’s 2017-2019 budget calls for a 4 percent increase in the Medicaid reimbursement rate for personal care. That might help ease a shortage of workers but won’t make the problem...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/20/2017
  • Wisconsin Uses Affordable Care Act but Rejects Funding For it

    Wisconsin’s decision last week to challenge a fee imposed by the Affordable Care Act set up a comparison not lost on advocates who support the law.The fee has cost the state about...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/28/2016
  • Falk Pushes Health Care Signups

    Nelson said engaging Wisconsinites at the local level to ensure they get health care before Jan. 31 is important because Wisconsin is one of 19 states that did not expand Medicaid. Wisconsin...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 11/30/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Health Care

    When it comes to Wisconsinites’ health and wellbeing, Gov. Scott Walker knows what should come first - his own political ambitions!

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/08/2015
  • Fighting the Affordable Care Act Is a Priority for Walker

    On his first day as governor of Wisconsin, Walker authorized a state lawsuit challenging Obama’s signature health care law and, in part because of the success of states’ legal challenges to the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/07/2015
  • Walker Has Said He Will “Push Back” on Any Pressure for Governors to Fix Obamacare Should the Supreme Court Rule Against Subsidies for States That Have Not Set Up Their Own Exchange

    In an interview last week with radio host Charlie Sykes, this exchange happened: SYKES: You may have a major decision coming up in a few months. If the Supreme Court rules in...

    Washington Post, 04/06/2015
  • Walker Continues Campaign Against Obamacare, Despite Facts

    “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in the lead-up to an expected presidential bid, is continuing a push to align himself with the most conservative elements of the Republican Party, writing in an email...

    RH Reality Check, 03/24/2015
  • Walker Has Repeatedly Refused to Accept Federal Medicaid Expansion in Wisconsin, Hurting Low-income Workers And women

    “The state would stay the course and turn down federal money to expand Wisconsin’s health programs for the needy, under Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015 budget proposal….In 2013, the Republican governor rejected taking...

    Governing.com, 02/19/2015
  • Refusal to Accept Medicaid Expansion Comes With a Real Cost to Those Pushed Off Badgercare by Walker’s Plan

    “As of last fall, BadgerCare had added about 97,500 adults without children who were below this cutoff of 100% of the federal poverty level, with state taxpayers covering a little more than...

    Governing.com, 02/19/2015
  • Refusal to Accept Medicaid Expansion Has Also Come With a Fiscal Price Tag for Wisconsin Taxpayers

    “Under Obamacare, federal taxpayers would have paid 100% of the cost for the adults that the state is bringing onto BadgerCare if Wisconsin hadn’t dropped its coverage of the adults with somewhat...

    Governing.com, 02/19/2015
  • Walker Proposes Drug Testing for Public Benefit Recipients

    “Some recipients of public benefits, including Medicaid, unemployment and food stamps, would be required to undergo drug testing, under budget proposal announced Thursday by Gov. Scott Walker. The governor rolled out his...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/23/2015
  • Walker Administration Harasses Family Planning Clinics With Politically Motivated Audits

    Planned Parenthood Public policy director Nicole Safar called the audits “clinic-closing” and said she was concerned the clinics were being targeted for political reasons. Department of Health Services Inspector General Alan White...

    Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, 11/01/2014
  • ‘Party Line’ Marklein Follows the Lead of Party Bosses and Big Business Lobby

    Howard Marklein touts his political independence while on the campaign trail, but a review of his voting record in Madison tells a very different tale.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/09/2014
  • WMC ‘Survey’ Finds Big Corporate Elites Overwhelmingly Approve of Gov. Walker Pandering to Them

    A lapdog Republican legislature has adopted Gov. Walker’s agenda built on billions in tax giveaways overwhelmingly benefitting the wealthy and corporations.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/10/2014
  • Walker’s Health Care Plan Kicked 77,000 Adults Off the Badgercare Program

    Legislation approved by Walker and GOP lawmakers requires some 77,000 adults in BadgerCare with incomes above the poverty line — $23,550 for a family of four — to be dropped from that...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/09/2014
  • Latest Job Numbers Show Wisconsin Continues to Lag Behind Nation in Job Creation Under Gov. Walker

    MADISON, Wis. — The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a new round of national job numbers. According to the data, Wisconsin ranks in the bottom third of states and significantly lags...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/25/2013
  • While Gov. Scott Walker Jets to New York to Hob Nob With Billionaires to Pursue Presidential Ambitions, Low Income Wisconsinites Getting Notices They’re Losing Their Healthcare

    Gov. Scott Walker “jets” to New York for a fundraiser hosted by billionaire owner of the New York Jets, for the benefit of the Republican National Committee.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/22/2013
  • Walker Slashes BadgerCare

    Walker's proposal will have detrimental impacts for Wisconsin's children, pregnant women, families, and for individuals. At what cost will Walker continue to take away help from those in need?

    Cara Josephson, 06/26/2013
  • Is Walker-Ryan Relationship on the Rocks?

    Ryan’s call for the repeal of ObamaCare, and Johnson’s support for legislation to defund health insurance exchanges, seem targeted to undermine Walker’s latest health care scheme

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/12/2013
  • Walker Rejected Federal Expansion of Medicaid, Costing Taxpayers More For Less

    If the federal government keeps its current commitments, Gov. Scott Walker’s plan for avoiding a full expansion of the BadgerCare program under the federal health care law would cost Wisconsin taxpayers roughly...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/16/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Gov. Walker’s Upcoming Decision on BadgerCare

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the upcoming decision of Gov. Walker whether or not to take billions of dollars in federal assistance...

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/04/2013
  • Walker’s 2013-15 Budget Played Politics & Middle Class Loses

    As a result of the budget: Due to the Republican plan to reject Medicaid expansion, taxpayers will pay $206 million more to provide healthcare to 84,700 fewer people Instead of using a...

    2013 Assembly Bill 40, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Budget Included Expanding Wisconsin’s Estate Recovery Program for Medicaid

    The 2013-15 budget included provisions greatly expanding Wisconsin’s estate recovery program, allowing the state to recover Medicaid expenses from a deceased recipient’s estate or from the surviving spouse’s estate. The changes go...

    2013 Assembly Bill 40, 01/01/2013
  • Friedman Failures Drive Walker’s Wisconsin

    Scott Walker resurrected the late-Milton Friedman’s trickle down economic policies in Wisconsin, and it’s buried job creation for middle class families.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/30/2012
  • Tens of Thousands of Wisconsinites Dropped From BadgerCare Coverage, Even More Will See Premium Increases

    The legislature’s budget committee on Wednesday signed off on changes to BadgerCare. Some 44,000 BadgerCare enrollees will see premium increases, while more than 22,000 will be dropped from the state-run Medicaid program....

    Wisconsin Radio Network, 03/14/2012
  • Ultimately 22,000 Dropped From BadgerCare Coverage and 44,000 Will See Premium Increases

    “The legislature’s budget committee on Wednesday signed off on changes to BadgerCare. Some 44,000 BadgerCare enrollees will see premium increases, while more than 22,000 will be dropped from the state-run Medicaid program....

    Wisconsin Radio Network, 03/14/2012
  • Scott Walker’s Rhetoric Versus Reality

    MADISON, Wis. — Governor Scott Walker failed to tackle Wisconsin’s jobs crisis – posting six straight months of job losses here while nationally jobs are being added – and is now poised...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/24/2012
  • Walker Proposed Kicking 29,000 Kids and 34,000 Adults Off of BadgerCare

    When Dennis Smith, Gov. Scott Walker’s secretary of the state Department of Health Services (DHS), conducted a public outreach tour to explain how he wanted to cut $467 million from Medicaid programs,...

    Shepherd Express, 11/30/2011
  • Walker’s False Choice on Cutting 65,000 From Health Care, Including 29,000 Children

    MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker continues to choose corporate special interest donors over the people of Wisconsin — offering a scheme that would cut health care for 65,000 Wisconsinites to pay...

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/09/2011
  • Walker Pulling Out Health Care Safety Net From Hundreds of Thousands of Wisconsinites

    Despite claiming to keep a basic safety net for low-income families for health insurance through the state’s popular BadgerCare program, around 215,000 children and adults will likely see a steep reduction in...

    Anna Landmark, 10/23/2011
  • Dem Proposal Would STOP Walker Ending Health Care for 53,000

    Delegating power back to the Legislature away from Gov. Scott Walker and ensure 53,000 Wisconsinites don’t lose access to health care? Sounds like a good plan to me: A group of Democratic...

    Cody Oliphant, 10/03/2011
  • DHS Secretary Announces BadgerCare Cuts; Dems Introduce Bill Rolling Back BadgerCare Takeover

    The bill, announced Monday, would put the Legislature back in charge of deciding costs and eligibility associated with Medicaid and Badgercare, essentially taking the state back to a time before Gov. Scott...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 10/03/2011
  • Walker Administration Looking to Cut $444 Million From Medicaid

    “There will be thousands and thousands of people across Wisconsin to lose their health care coverage,” One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross says. Liberal group One Wisconsin now is blasting the...

    MSNBC, 09/30/2011