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Medicaid delay bill sent to
Governor Walker

Following action by the State Assembly two weeks ago, the State Senate in special session today approved legislation that will delay the transition of more than 70,000 people from the state’s BadgerCare program to the federal insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The three-month delay was proposed due to difficulties the federal Health Insurance Marketplace has faced in its first few months, and moves the transition deadline to April 1, 2014. The legislation also will delay removing an enrollment cap on the number of childless adults with household incomes below 100 percent of the federal poverty level who can participate in BadgerCare; an estimated 83,000 childless adults are eligible for that program.

The Senate vote was 18-12. The bill now heads to Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to sign it promptly.

In addition, the legislation delays for three months the planned termination of a state-run insurance program of last resort: the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP). Participants in HIRSP will be eligible for HIRSP coverage three months longer before they are forced to find private insurance coverage either in or outside the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, or Chris Rasch in the Society’s Government Relations Department with any questions.

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