UPDATE: Walker dismisses county Medicaid money push

UPDATED Friday, August 2, 2013 --- 2:38 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is dismissing an attempt by 20 Wisconsin counties to circumvent the state and deal directly with the federal government to get money to pay for Medicaid programs.

Walker said Friday that "There really isn't a need for counties or anybody else to act on that because we have options."

Walker rejected $12 billion in federal Medicaid money over the next decade and instead tightened income eligibility for the state BadgerCare program to only those earning below poverty.

Twenty counties upset with that decision sent a letter this week to state health Secretary Kitty Rhoades asking that the state not be the only conduit for the federal money.

Walker addressed the issue during a news conference kicking off the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2013 --- 8:39 a.m.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Twenty Wisconsin counties want the state to be a conduit for federal health care funds, even though Gov. Scott Walker has rejected the expansion of federal Medicaid.

The counties want to negotiate directly with the federal government for low-income health care dollars.

The Republican Legislature has gone along with Walker's budget which rejects $12 billion in federal money over 10 years. Instead, Walker's plan would increase the number of BadgerCare recipients, but tighten income restrictions for others.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin director Robert Kraig tells the La Crosse Tribune the 20 counties want Wisconsin to follow Ohio's example and give them access to the Medicaid funds. The counties have sent a letter to state health secretary Kitty Rhoades, pressing for the option.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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