Wis. budget committee to consider Medicaid changes
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget committee plans to review a plan that would raise premiums for some people on the state’s Medicaid programs, but result in fewer children losing coverage.
The plan before the committee on Wednesday is part of an agreement struck between the state Department of Health Services and federal health officials.
The proposed changes mean premiums would increase for about 44,000 benefit recipients.
The original proposal from Gov. Scott Walker’s administration would have resulted in 65,000 poor adults and children leaving state health insurance programs, either because they would no longer be eligible or they could no longer afford coverage.
Under the new plan, about 23,000 people would lose coverage.