Response from the Office of Governor Scott Walker
The White House report is wrong and ignores the Kaiser Family Foundation report showing Wisconsin has no health care coverage gap.
Governor Walker’s entitlement reforms ensure everyone in Wisconsin has access to health care and, for the first time, everyone living in poverty has access to the health care through Medicaid. No waiting lists, no caps. This did not happen under Governor Doyle or other governors in the past. As a result of Governor Walker’s reforms, 81,731 Wisconsinites living in poverty now have access to health care through Medicaid, according to numbers announced in May by the Department of Health Services. Individuals above the poverty level are able to access federal subsidies and can choose to purchase plans through the federal exchange or in the private market.
Posted Wednesday, July 2, 2014 --- 9:50 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is stepping up pressure on states that have refused to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, including Wisconsin.
The White House Council of Economic Advisers has released a report saying expansion here would mean health coverage for an additional 120,000 people in 2016. The report goes on to say expansion would lead to 11,200 new jobs by 2017 and result in nearly $2.6 billion in additional federal spending in the state.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker has rejected any federal money to expand Medicaid and restricted coverage to those whose earnings are at or below the poverty level. He has expanded coverage to childless adults who had been on a waiting list, however.
Walker's spokeswoman didn't immediately return an email message seeking comment.
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