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By Eelisa Jones
Politicians and advocates have reignited a national debate over drug-testing welfare recipients in response to a January press release from Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker.
Walker’s press release announced his intention to pursue a drug testing policy for a select number of recipients of two major public assistance programs: FoodShare and Medicaid.
The Walker administration also seeks to mandate drug-testing for unemployment benefit recipients who qualify only for occupations that conduct drug-testing as required by state law.
The FoodShare and Medicaid screening proposals would only affect childless, ‘able-bodied’ adults.
The governor also proposes …
Citizen Action of Wisconsin and Representative Melissa Sargent held a media conference call to release a memo by the Legislature’s Fiscal Bureau showing the impact of federal Medicaid funds from the Affordable Care Act on each county. While Governor Walker rejected these federal funds for BadgerCare, the state can accept them at any time.
Additionally, Representative Sargent proposed legislation last month that would allow counties to accept the federal funding themselves.
So far, 19 counties have already passed resolutions in support of accepting the available federal Medicaid funding.
The memo from the nonpartisan …
On a media call this week state and national budget experts, including former chair of the US House Appropriations Committee Congressman Dave Obey, revealed that federal funding for Badger- Care is very secure, and much more certain than much of the $19.6 billion federal dollars in Governor Walker’s budget proposal.
Former Congressman Dave Obey joined Robert Kraig from Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Jon Peacock from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and Jennifer Beason from Families USA.
Over 28 percent of Governor Walker’s budget comes from the federal government. Much of …
At a news conference at the Brown County Courthouse last Thursday afternoon which received substantial coverage on local television, local leaders called on State Senators Robert Cowles and Frank Lasee to join a rising chorus of GOP senators who have been wavering in support of Walker’s plan to reject billions in federal Medicaid dollars for BadgerCare. This funding would guarantee health care coverage for low income adults at no cost to the state, and fill in the holes of the BadgerCare program.
The event was led by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, …
By Lynda L. Jones
Following Governor Walker’s rejection of billions in federal Medicaid funds to fill the holes in BadgerCare, county elected officials from five counties spoke out this week during a media call.
The leaders are calling on the legislature to overturn the decision by Governor Walker to reject billions in federal funds to improve our state’s health system.
Leaders at the county level, aware of the benefit to their home districts, understand that accepting federal Medicaid funds at the state level under the Affordable Care Act is the best deal for …
By Cassandra Lans
It’s like going back in history again. Governor Scott Walker announced that he plans to reject $12 billion from the federal government that would expand the state’s Badger- Care program with no additional cost from Wisconsin’s taxpayers.
Many legislators and community leaders say that the governor is playing politics with literally the lives of thousands of Wisconsinites. Congresswoman Gwen Moore stated that she is very disappointed in Walker’s plan for the state. She said, ““It seems our Governor Scott Walker is determined to consistently be on the wrong side …
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The Department of Health Services is holding public meetings to solicit comments on a draft proposal for Virtual PACE, a program to integrate the care for people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.
More than 120,000 Wisconsin residents receive their health care through a combination of their Medicare and Medicaid benefit. This proposal focuses on the more than 16,000 “dually eligible” nursing home residents to improve coordination to ensure better physical and mental health and quality of life for people residing in these settings and increase cost-effectiveness for payers.
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Wisconsin’s low-income citizens are in deep financial stress. Under the current budget, Gov. Scott Walker plans to cut $554 million to Wisconsin’s BadgerCare and Medicaid programs over the next two years. That’s $554 million from health services offered to low-income families, children, adults, seniors and individuals with disabilities. $554 million from detrimental programs designed to help citizens with no other option. To say this budget slash is outrageous is an understatement. It is more than appalling; it is heartless.
That’s why Sen. Lena Taylor will join democratic colleagues in organizing a …
MADISON – Department of Health Services Secretary, Dennis G. Smith, today launched a website that outlines initiatives designed to keep the state’s Medicaid program sustainable, fair and equitable. The site was developed in an effort to ensure that the cost savings measures are posted for the public to see prior to any formal submission of changes to the federal government.
“This website is a transparent way for Wisconsin citizens, providers, advocates and stakeholders to view and provide comments on what the Department is proposing to keep Medicaid financially stable,” Secretary Smith …
Dr. Brian D. Smedley
Many state governors and legislatures want to trim Medicaid and other public programs in an effort to balance budgets. But cutting Medicaid to the bone won’t reduce the demand for health care, and it certainly won’t help people be healthy enough to contribute to an economic recovery.
Instead, policymakers should make smart investments to help people to stay healthy in the first place. How can government do this when resources are so limited?
A good start might be focusing on the places and spaces where we live, work, and …