Democrats propose making BadgerCare a public option

Published: Jul. 5, 2017 at 4:39 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Currently, BadgerCare is in place for people who do not get health insurance through an employer but do not qualify for Medicaid. This Democratic proposal would make it open to anyone wanting to buy in.

In a press conference Wednesday the author of the bill, State Representitive Eric Grenich, along with other Democratic lawmakers and Citizen Action of Wisconsin, announced the proposal.

They say allowing individuals to buy in to the network would increase choice for consumers and reduce health care costs for individuals and small businesses.

"You would have the option to buy in to BadgerCare the State's bipartisan plan, bipartisan plan, that is popular, successful and cost effective," State Sen. Dave Hansen said.

At the press conference supporters of the bill said it would not cost taxpayers because individuals would be paying for their own insurance but would have access to the network of health care options under BadgerCare.

"BadgerCare already covers hundreds of thousands of people across our state so it's tested and we know that it works," State Sen. Dave Hansen said.

The bill has not been officially sent to the legislature. Several Republican lawmakers contacted regarding this proposal said they had not seen the legislation so they could not comment on it.

State Rep. Eric Genrich's office says they plan on officially submitting the proposal to the Assembly Speaker's office on Thursday.

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