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Baldwin asks Walker to alter BadgerCare plan

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin today called on the Walker administration to allow thousands of BadgerCare participants above the federal poverty line to maintain their current coverage through the end of March.

In a letter to the governor, Baldwin, D-Madison, wrote that the state's current outreach to those citizens -- combined with the widespread problems with the federal government's health insurance exchange website -- puts "thousands of people are at risk of losing their coverage."

Baldwin commended some positive steps taken by the state to reach those low-income Wisconsinites, including through phone calls, but said "reaching all of these individuals in a timely manner remains a significant challenge." She wrote that altering the state's current waiver request would align the BadgerCare changes with the deadline for open enrollment on the Obamacare marketplace.

"This solution would give the people we work for more time to enroll, gain access to (Affordable Care Act) premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies, and eliminate the risk of lost coverage on January 1," Baldwin wrote.

The senator also wrote that the administration could temporarily expand BadgerCare up to the parameters outlined in the health care law "at no cost to the State of Wisconsin," again criticizing the governor for his decision to reject Medicaid expansion funding earlier this year.


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