Wisconsin Approves Medicaid Cuts, Nearly 65k People Expected to Be Dropped

Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee approved the state's proposal to cut $554 million from BadgerCare, the state Medicaid program, over the next two years, and the budget will now be sent to CMS, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report.

It is estimated that nearly 65,000 people would leave or become ineligible for BadgerCare, and more than 200,000 people will be shifted to lower-cost plans with fewer benefits, according to the report.

If CMS doesn't approve the plan by Dec. 31, Wisconsin would drop Medicaid coverage for approximately 53,000 adults who make more than 33 percent above the federal poverty level. Although that scenario would result in less people dropped, a majority of that population would be poorer and potentially would have less access to other health coverage, according to the report.

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