In Arkansas and Indiana, 775,000 able-bodied adults were added to Medicaid rolls after expansion. There are now more than 3,200 disabled children and adults on waiting lists for services in Arkansas. In Indiana, there are 1,626 disabled Medicaid patients waiting for care. Why? Because enrollments are far above early estimates. Medicaid Expansion means taking resources away from those who truly need Medicaid in order to fund a welfare expansion for those who already have private coverage.”
Gov. Tony Evers is proposing Medicaid expansion as part of his budget, now under consideration by the legislature.
BadgerCare already exists to take care of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable patients, so those who would be added to Medicaid enrollment already have access to subsidized health insurance. Expansion would take resources away from people who need them by driving up costs. A report by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty shows that:
· Expanding Medicaid would increase the cost of health care for Wisconsinites with private insurance, on average, by $177 per year — up to $700 for a family of four.
· Emergency room visits would increase in Wisconsin, by over 52,000 visits per year.
· In total, Medicaid expansion is expected to cost Wisconsin over $1 billion per year, due in large part by increases in private sector health care costs.
Send lawmakers a message today, telling them to do what’s right for Wisconsin and oppose Medicaid expansion!