Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced yesterday that his state will not participate in the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, but he proposed an alternative plan to help reduce the number of uninsured state residents. Wisconsin currently allows childless adults with incomes of up to 200% of the federal poverty level to enroll in Medicaid. Walker’s plan would roll that back to 100% and move those with incomes above 100% of FPL into the federal health insurance exchange. more
As we pointed out in this NCPA report, insurance in the exchange will likely be much better than Medicaid, it is almost all paid for by the federal government, and it will pay higher fees to doctors and hospitals, who would otherwise be inundated by patients paying Medicaid rates.