Wis. asks feds to tighten BadgerCare eligibility

Posted Friday, August 9, 2013 --- 4:57 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin officials have asked the federal government for permission to tighten income eligibility levels for the state's BadgerCare Plus health insurance programs.

The 2013-15 budget calls for setting the cutoff at 100 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $22,800 a year for families. The current limit is 200 percent.

The budget also calls for eliminating BadgerCare Plus Core, which covers childless adults. Core participants who fall below the new income cutoff would be eligible for more extensive coverage under the full BadgerCare Plus program.

Gov. Scott Walker's administration maintains that anyone who loses state coverage should be able to find it through the new private marketplace under the federal health care overhaul.

The state Department of Health Services sent their request for federal approval on Friday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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