[Gov. Scott] Walker’s plan opens up Medicaid in Wisconsin to about 83,000 poor, childless adults. They were previously locked out because of a cap on the number of people who could be in the program. At the same time, Walker announced that Medicaid is being cancelled for 77,000 people who have incomes above the poverty line.
Walker’s maneuver is possible because Wisconsin’s Medicaid program was already one of the more inclusive ones in the country. It allowed people making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level to be covered by BadgerCare. Now he wants to roll BadgerCare eligibility back to 100 percent of the poverty line, and put everyone making between 100 percent and 200 percent — a range of $11,490 to $22,980 for a single person — into private, subsidized coverage that they buy on the new [health insurance exchange]. (KHN)