Monday, September 23, 2013

9-24-13 health overhaul-counties association

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Counties Association has passed a resolution reaffirming its longstanding position that the state ought to accept federal money to pay for Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  The association voted Sunday on the resolution, which is similar to one passed in more than a dozen counties statewide.  Gov. Scott Walker's budget passed earlier this year rejects a federally funded Medicaid expansion for those earning up to 138 percent of poverty. Instead, Walker cut income eligibility to 100 percent of poverty, a move expected to result in about 92,000 people losing coverage.  At the same time, Walker is ending a waiting list for childless adults who earn up to 100 percent of poverty. That is expected to add about 82,500 people on the program.

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