Wisconsin Medicaid Reforms Top a Half Billion Dollars

10/1/11 – A package of Medicaid reforms proposed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services would have the state cut more a half-billion dollars. This year’s state budget directed the agency to identify nearly 445 million dollars in savings in the public assistance program. The state says it would actually have to come up with more than 554 million dollars in savings to balance the Medicaid. DHS officials say no one with an income under the federal poverty level would be impacted by the changes. The sweeping reforms would include asking the federal government for a waiver to restrict eligibility for people who have access to employer-based insurance coverage, require young people to seek coverage on their parents’ insurance rather than BadgerCare Plus and requiring recipients to live in the state.