By Hazel Trice Edney
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – A team of African-American preachers has sent a letter to President Barack Obama affirming their “commitment to the Affordable Care Act” even as the President has ordered the website overhauled.
By Hazel Trice Edney
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – A team of African-American preachers has sent a letter to President Barack Obama affirming their “commitment to the Affordable Care Act” even as the President has ordered the website overhauled.
by Frederick H. Lowe
The Koch brothers, the billionaire duo that owns Koch Industries, angrily denied they forced a shutdown of the federal government because they wanted to defund the Affordable Care Act, which began October 1. The partial government shutdown is in its 10th day.
In a one-page letter dated October 9th to Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, the Koch brothers accused Reid of presenting erroneous and misleading information on the Senate floor.
David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch control Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States. Charles is chairman of the board and CEO and David is executive vice president. The brothers are leading conservatives. Their company is based in Wichita, Kansas.
“Because several of you have asked what our position is on this issue, we want to set the record straight and correct this misinformation,” wrote Philip Ellender, president of Government & Public Affairs for Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, which is based in Washington, D.C. “Koch believes that Obamacare will increase deficits, lead to an overall lowering of the standard of health care in America and raise taxes. However, Koch has not taken a position on the legislative tactic of tying the continuing resolution to defunding Obamacare nor have we lobbied on legislative defunding of Obamacare.” The letter is printed on Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC letterhead.
In a front-page story, the Oct. 6, 2013, issue of The New York Times reported that David Koch, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, III, and other conservatives developed a strategy to shutoff funding to the entire federal government in order to derail the Affordable Care Act, which is law.
Although the Koch brothers argue that the Affordable Care Act may do all three things, others are now arguing that the legislation could spark entrepreneurship and the opening of more small businesses. They argue that many individuals remain in jobs, called job-lock,” because they need health insurance for their families that is provided by their employers. Some individuals fear they won’t be able buy health insurance or buy it at an affordable price if they quit their jobs.
With the Affordable Care Act, individuals now can buy their own health insurance, and they cannot be rejected for health-insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Nearly 4 million black men who do not have health insurance now can apply for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act because open enrollment began today.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that there are an estimated 6.8 million uninsured African Americans, and 56 percent, or 3.8 million, are men.
Koch Industries has focused on educating the public about reducing the nation’s debt and controlling runaway government spending, the letter said.
“We believe that Congress should, at a minimum, keep sequester-level spending guidelines, and develop a plan for more significant and widespread spending restrictions in the future,” the letter added. “We also believe that Congress should work to rein-in rampant government spending so that it becomes no longer necessary to continually raise the debt ceiling. We are hopeful this sets the record straight and that in the future Senator Reid and other politicians will stop misrepresenting and distorting Koch’s positions.”
By Ellis Moore (originally published on Oct. 8)
Despite the federal government shutdown, U.S. officials said Medicare and Medicaid recipients and veterans will continue to receive health-care benefits.
The shutdown also won’t stop Tuesday’s introduction of the health insurance exchanges that are a foundation of the Affordable Care Act. The health-reform law, also known as Obamacare, is ground zero in the budget stalemate on Capitol Hill between Republicans and Democrats that led to the shutdown.
However, a number of programs important to public health will probably be disrupted. They include infectious disease surveillance, inspections of food and drug manufacturers, and monitoring of imported foods and drugs, government officials said Monday afternoon.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expected to furlough 52 percent of its staff in the shutdown, sending home approximately 40,500 employees, according to a contingency plan released by the agency. An estimated 38,000 staffers will remain on the job for the short term.
The disruption in government services won’t affect people receiving health care through Medicare or Medicaid, officials said.
“In the short term, the Medicare Program will continue largely without disruption during a lapse in appropriations,” the contingency plan said, adding that money already has been set aside to continue funding to states for Medicaid services and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The shutdown also won’t affect any medical programs provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, officials added.
“All VA medical facilities and clinics will remain fully operational,” the agency said in a shutdown guide sent to its field offices. “The Veterans Health Administration has received an advance appropriation to continue its services without disruption.”
In a somewhat ironic twist, the shutdown also won’t halt the rollout of the health exchanges, or marketplaces, a cornerstone of the health-care law. The program that many Republicans are intent on defunding — in exchange for keeping the government operating — will proceed even as other services falter.
“Many of the core parts of the health-care law are funded through mandatory appropriations and wouldn’t be affected,” HHS official Gary Cohen told the Associated Press. Cohen is director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.
President Barack Obama has echoed those remarks.
“On Tuesday, about 40 million more Americans will be able to finally buy quality, affordable health care, just like anybody else,” Obama said. He added that the new health insurance marketplaces “will be open for business on Tuesday no matter what — even if there’s a government shutdown. That’s a done deal.”
People will be able to go to their state health exchange online or over the phone and begin registering for 2014 coverage, even if they live in one of the 34 states in which the federal government either wholly or partially operates the health insurance exchange.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) will continue coordination between Medicaid and state marketplaces, guiding eligible people with low incomes into the program. CMS said it will also continue to perform such health-care industry assessments as insurance rate reviews, which are mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
But, a number of important government-run health-care functions will be disrupted during the shutdown, the HHS contingency plan said. Some of these include:
1. The seasonal influenza program operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tracks flu outbreaks across state lines using genetic and molecular analysis. The CDC also will be hampered in its efforts to monitor and combat other infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, hepatitis and sexually transmitted diseases.
2. Routine inspections of food and drug manufacturers and monitoring of imports by the Food and Drug Administration.
3. Senior nutrition and elder abuse programs operated by the Administration for Community Living.
4. Admission of new patients at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center.
5. Action on any grants related to medical research, improvement of the health-care system, and monitoring of substance abuse programs.
6. Funding for activities related to medical countermeasures against chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and emerging threats.
7. Medical disaster relief to Colorado in response to the recent flooding.
The Obama Administration today launched Business.USA.gov/healthcare, a one-stop-shop Website which will provide employers of all sizes educational materials on how the Affordable Care Act may affect businesses and help them compete.
The site includes a wizard tool that is tailored based on size and location, so businesses can learn how the law helps them provide affordable coverage options to their employees while still meeting their bottom line.
As part of the Administration’s ongoing dialogue with leaders of our nation’s top businesses, this latest tool will help ensure that employers of all sizes know what the Affordable Care Act means for them, and have the information they need to take advantage of the new benefits and opportunities under the law. The Administration will work with the employer community to ensure the site continues to be a helpful resource for businesses and their employees, including updating the site with additional, timely information.
“As the Affordable Care Act is implemented, it is so important for us to work with the business community and provide employers with the information they need,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. “The health care website on Business.USA.gov/healthcare will be a tremendous resource for self-employed Americans and businesses of all sizes to learn what the Affordable Care Act means for them.”
“The Affordable Care Act helps level the playing field for small businesses, expanding their bargaining power and their ability to offer the kind of valuable benefit packages that attract and retain top-quality workers. Small businesses are a cornerstone of our economy and we are committed to working with them to raise awareness and access to the historic tax credits that can help small businesses and employees cover the cost of health care,” said Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew.
“It’s important for small business owners to know the facts about the Affordable Care Act and Business.USA.gov/healthcare delivers resources and need-to-know information through one streamlined tool,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “This Website will prove to be an invaluable resource for small employers to learn how the law is ushering in better options for them and their employees.”
“The Affordable Care Act is providing better care and better choices for millions of Americans, and this is another great tool for employers to learn how they can offer health coverage that makes sense for their business and employees, and works for their bottom line,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Aimed at giving Milwaukee fathers the tools they need and providing some dads with a much-needed second chance, the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative Summit kicks off this weekend with resource fairs, informational sessions
and much more.
The theme of this year’s eighth annual Fatherhood Summit is “Changing Milwaukee through Male Empowerment.” The event will be held this Friday and Saturday, October 4th and 5th from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Destiny Youth Plaza, 7210 N. 76th St. Conference admission is free and includes all workshops, resource materials, parking and a light breakfast and lunch.
“A community with strong, responsible fathers in it is a strong community,” said Alderman José G Pérez, a speaker, guest and participant at the summit. “By providing dads with the information and resources they need to be good role models for their kids, we are empowering them to transform the next generation of Milwaukee citizens.”
One focus area of this year’s summit will be the federal Affordable Care Act that came online this week. Summit workshops and informational sessions will explain to participants how the new system works, what their options are and how they can enroll.
The summit will also feature a Health, Job and Resource Fair. Participants will have access to a variety of free health screenings, employers who are seeking to hire, and housing, education, job training, personaldevelopment and financial education programs and services.
To pre-register or learn more, visit cr-sdc.org or MilwaukeeFatherhood.com. Onsite registration will also be offered.
By Felicia Vance
With open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act set to begin Oct. 1, officials at the new health insurance Marketplaces are gearing up to help consumers.
Call centers have been launched. “Navigators” to help consumers are being trained. Ad campaigns are under way in the states operating their own Marketplaces.
And the crooks are already at work, too, eager to pretend to help people enroll as they steal personal information, money, or both.
Health care scams are increasing, officials say, and they expect the trend to get worse. “ACA scams are a top priority for the FTC [Federal Trade Commission], and we expect to receive more consumer complaints about them when the health insurance Exchanges get started,” says Frank Dorman, an FTC spokesman.
Even savvy consumers might listen to a scammer’s pitch without realizing that it’s bogus because there’s so much confusion about the health care law. In an August poll, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 51% of Americans don’t understand how the law will affect them.
Confusion is the scammer’s No. 1 tool. Obamacare cons have been rearing up all around the country, says James Quiggle, a spokesman for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.
Three types of scams are especially popular now:
1. The ”Threat of Jail’ — and Other Urgent Emails
The subject line of one email going around sounds good: “Avoid overpaying and comply with the law by getting health coverage now.”
The text that follows, though, is a lie — and frightening: “With the president’s health care mandate now passed into law, you could face prison time if you do not get health care coverage immediately.”
Under the Affordable Care Act, most people do have to have health insurance. The penalty, though, is not jail. In 2014, it’s1% of your income or $95, whichever is greater.
Next, the email claims to offer help: “We can help you avoid penalties and find an affordable plan.” Readers are then invited to find competing companies with the lowest prices simply by entering their ZIP code. They are also given a web site to click to and are reminded again that they’re breaking the law without health care coverage.
Never give your personal information to anyone who has contacted you. Even if that email looks legit, complete with state seals or other official emblems, don’t supply information. Any kind of online form can be masked to look very professional. The federal government won’t cold call you or send unsought emails about the new health care law.
2. Solicitors on the Phone or at Your Door
Phone solicitors are offering people an “Affordable Care Act card,” sometimes telling them they’re among the first. The caller will say something like, “You need an Affordable Care Act card. If you just give me your information, we will get your card out to you.” Typically, they ask for a Social Security number and bank account number, which is all they need to drain your savings.
Remember, there is no such thing as an Affordable Care Act card.
A twist on this scam is to tell seniors they need an Affordable Care Act card to replace their Medicare card, or a new Medicare card. Neither is true.
Even if the caller ID looks official, it may not be. Scammers are good at masking the caller ID or creating a caller ID that looks official, such as ”U.S. Government,” a practice known as spoofing.
Door-to-door ”representatives” should be ignored like the phone callers. The moment someone knocks on your door and says they are from the federal government, you know it’s a lie. Don’t engage them.’
Tell them you are going to contact authorities. You can file a complaint with the FTC by phone (877-382-4357) or online.
3. Fake Navigators and Other Helpers
When open enrollment begins, helpers known as navigators (as well as other types of enrollment helpers, insurance agents, and brokers) will stand ready to help guide consumers. In August, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded $67 million in grants to 105 navigator programs in the Marketplaces.
Navigators work through the organizations awarded the grants, and they range from United Way to universities, Planned Parenthood, and community health centers. They are trained and certified, and must renew their certification annually.
If a caller says he is from the local community center, he may sound legit but still be a crook. “We’ve heard about people posing as navigators and asking for personal information,” says Carrie McLean, who directs customer care for eHealthInsurance.
If you have any suspicion about whether a navigator is certified, McLean says, check with the state Marketplace or your state’s department of insurance.
Besides the out-and-out scams, there are some ”gray areas” that also can be confusing.
Insurance agents or insurance companies may launch a web site aiming to make health care reform understandable and suggest it’s an official, state-run site. The operators may be licensed and legitimate, but it bears checking. And they should be clear, if you ask, that they are not the state Marketplace.
Consumers might expect the web site for their state Marketplace to have a “.gov” ending, but not all of them do. To figure out if a web site you’re on is your state’s Marketplace or another, go to healthcare.gov and enter your state’s name. Healthcare.gov is the federal government’s official web site with information about health care reform.
By Nick Wing
On Oct. 1, the long-feared national nightmare finally arrives.
Obamacare, the massive health care reform law passed in 2010, will make its latest mark with the launch of its health insurance exchanges. When they officially open for business, 240 million Americans will have to start doing this:
If you’re like 80 percent of Americans, you can chill out, just like this dog on a hammock.
The health insurance exchanges that are rolling out next week are designed to make it easier for people without insurance, or who buy insurance on their own, to get coverage. But if you are one of the roughly 240 million Americans that already have insurance through an employer, or are enrolled in a government program like Medicare, you can stay on that plan.
For the millions of Americans that will begin shopping for health insurance on online marketplaces next week, your course of action will depend on which state you live in. So will the cost of coverage.
For a basic overview of how much you can expect to pay for your individual plan, check out this nifty Obamacare premium calculator, which gives you a basic overview of the rate and subsidies available to you, based on your income, state of residence and family size.
In order to qualify for coverage beginning next year, people must sign up before Dec. 14. So if you know anybody who is uninsured, share this calculator with them so they know what their options are. The more people who sign up, the lower the rates will be.Coverage purchased through these exchanges will begin Jan 1., 2014, when the individual mandate kicks in. If you don’t receive an exemption and simply choose to remain uninsured after March 31, 2014, when open enrollment closes, you will be subject to a penalty under that mandate. It will cost you up to $95 or 1 percent of your annual income, whichever is higher, and the rate will increase in subsequent years.
The biggest part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is just days away from its debut, and the American public remains confused. For many consumers, the most important question is personal: What do I have to do?
On Oct. 1, new health insurance websites will debut in each state. Some will be run by the state, and others will be run by the federal government. These sites, called health insurance exchanges or marketplaces, are designed to serve those without insurance and those who buy insurance on their own.
Seven million people will purchase private health insurance on the exchanges for 2014, the Congressional Budget Office projects. An additional 9 million will use the exchanges to enroll in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, two joint federal-state health programs for low-income people. The number of uninsured will drop by 14 million next year, the budget agency projects.
For nearly everyone else — the 170.9 million people covered by employers and the 101.5 million enrolled in government health programs — the ballyhooed launch of the Obamacare exchanges will mean little, according to health care, consumer and business experts.
“If you have employer coverage now, do not worry,” said Lynn Quincy, a senior policy analyst at Consumers Union in Washington who specializes in health care issues. “If you’re on Medicare now, please don’t worry,” she said.
Still, a lot of people are worried over the introduction of a new way to buy health insurance and the health care law’s “individual mandate” that nearly every legal U.S. resident obtain health coverage or face a tax penalty.
People who don’t get health insurance will have to pay $95 dollars or 1 percent of their annual income — whichever is higher. That amount will rise each year until it hits $695 or 2.5 percent by 2016. The mandate has numerous exemptions, including for financial hardship. Most company health plans already meet the health care reform law’s standards for benefits and affordability, as do government health programs like Medicare, Medicaid and military benefits.
“For the vast majority of the population, the individual mandate will be a non-event,” said Larry Levitt, the co-executive director of the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Menlo Park, Calif.
The open enrollment period for 2014 health plans bought on the exchanges begins Oct. 1 and runs through the end of March. People will use the exchanges in their home states to compare the price and benefits of various insurance plans. The exchanges also are the only way to get the financial assistance available to those who earn less than four times the federal poverty level, which amounts to $45,960 for a single person this year.
Those shopping on the marketplaces will see changes. People who currently buy their own insurance will find that some cheap, skimpy plans sold to individuals today won’t be available, and some younger, healthier people may see higher sticker prices — especially if they don’t qualify for tax credit subsidies. Others will gain access to coverage they didn’t have and get help paying for it.
Survey after survey shows the public to be confused, anxious and misinformed about what health care reform does and how it will affect them.
Fewer than half of Americans think they know enough about the law to understand how it affects them, according to poll findings the Kaiser Family Foundation published last month. More than a third believe they’ll be worse off, 23 percent think they’ll be better off and 37 percent say it won’t make much difference.
When Congress wrote the law known as the Affordable Care Act, their idea was to maintain Americans’ current health coverage as much as possible, to boost consumer protections in the health insurance market for individuals, and to cover the uninsured.
That doesn’t mean all workers will keep what they have. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that 7 million fewer people will get their health insurance through work by 2023, although jobs will remain the most common source of health coverage for Americans. People who work part-time, have low-wage jobs or are employed by smaller companies are most likely to lose their job-based benefits and to use the exchanges instead.
While this phenomenon is real and disruptive to those workers, the outliers shouldn’t be cause for concern for most people who have job-based health benefits, said Helen Darling, the president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, a Washington-based association of large employers.
“Nothing has to change for you if you have employer-sponsored coverage,” Darling said.
A survey of U.S. employers found that 93.5 percent of companies definitely or very likely will continue to offer health benefits to workers, compared to 1 percent that definitely won’t or are very likely not to, according to a report the International Federation of Health Benefit Plans, a London-based trade group, issued in May.
Employers provide health benefits both as a means of attracting and retaining employees and because they aren’t taxed like wages (so they’re cheaper than raises). “No one is going to say, ‘Whoops, we just decided that we’re not going to give you health benefits because we don’t think they’re that important.’ It just isn’t going to happen,” Darling said. And experts don’t expect large employers to make more changes or raise premiums much more than if the health law hadn’t been enacted, she said.
But anecdotes about individual companies are causing some worry among workers — worry fomented by Obamacare opponents and the media, Darling said.
“It’s more the press that is drumming up attention in a negative way, much of it being driven by people who want to make it a negative experience,” Darling said.
Likewise, the debate over whether Obamacare will cause health insurance premiums to soar on the exchanges — so-called rate shock — needlessly confuses people who have coverage from work, Levitt said.
“They see these headlines that premiums may skyrocket and they think that’s them,” he said. It’s not; it’s about insurance people buy directly.
In fact, a survey of employers the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust published last month showed job-based health insurance prices rose an average of just 5 percent for single people this year. “There’s no reason to think that’s going to change dramatically,” Levitt said.
On the individual market for health insurance, some people, especially those who are younger and healthier, may see higher premiums, not counting the available tax credits. Others will pay less than today. That’s largely due to new rules, such asrequiring better benefits than commonly available on the individual market today,guaranteeing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and limiting how much more older people can be charged than younger consumers.
Medicare beneficiaries have even less cause for concern, Quincy said, even though a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that older Americans disapprove of the Affordable Care Act at higher rates than younger people.
Express Scripts, which manages prescription drug benefits for health insurance plans, surveyed Medicare enrollees and discovered many misperceptions — including 17 percent who think they have to buy coverage on the exchanges. In reality, it’s illegalfor a health insurer to sell a plan through the exchange to someone on Medicare.
People on Medicare don’t need to do anything different this year than they have in the past, Quincy said. “The main message is: Nothing has changed for you. You’re good to go.”
by Steve Liesman
A solid majority of Americans opposes defunding the new health care law if it means shutting down the government and defaulting on debt.
The CNBC All-America Economic Survey of 800 people across the country conducted by Hart-McInturff, finds that, in general, Americans oppose defunding Obamacare by a plurality of 44 percent to 38 percent.
Opposition to defunding increases sharply when the issue of shutting down the government and defaulting is included. In that case, Americans oppose defunding 59 percent to 19 percent, with 18 percent of respondents unsure. The final 4 percent is a group of people who want to defund Obamacare, but become unsure when asked if they still hold that view if it means shutting down the government.
The Republican-party-led House voted 230-189 on Friday to adopt a short-term government spending bill that would eliminate all funding for the new health care law. The measure could lead to a government shutdown in less than two weeks. The poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent, was conducted Monday through Thursday of last week. Full results will be released this Thursday.
In general, men are roughly split on the issue, with 43 percent supporting defunding, 42 percent opposing and 15 percent unsure. But when the issue of a government shutdown and default is included their support declines: 56 percent oppose defunding and only 14 percent solidly favor the measure.
Women are more firmly opposed to defunding the new health care law under any circumstances, with 47 percent opposed, 33 percent in favor and 20 percent unsure.
A 51 percent majority of Republicans generally support defunding with 36 percent opposed and 13 percent unsure. However, when including the issue of a government shutdown and default, the picture changes: 48 percent of Republicans oppose defunding Obamacare, while 36 percent support it.
However, a 54 percent majority of Republicans who also identify themselves as Tea Party supporters want the new health care law defunded even if it means a government shutdown – the only demographic measured in the poll with such a majority.
Republicans who do not identify themselves as Tea Party supporters hold views closer to those of Democrats than to Republicans that do identify themselves as Tea Party supporters: They oppose defunding Obamacare 44 percent to 36 percent with 20 percent unsure.
BadgerCare recipients who make too much money to remain in the program next year will receive letters this week from Gov. Scott Walker’s administration letting them know that their coverage is about to end and that they can shop for insurance through the new online exchange.
The letters are being sent to more than 56,000 households where one or more person is expected to lose their coverage at the end of the year, although those who are getting kicked off won’t get the final notice until December.
Ultimately, about 92,000 people are expected to lose Medicaid coverage and instead have to shop for federally subsidized private insurance through the exchange, or marketplace. The enrollment period for that begins on Oct. 1, with coverage starting in January.
Walker proposed, and the Republican Legislature earlier this year approved, new income limits that restrict BadgerCare coverage to adults earning less than 100 percent of poverty. That is $11,500 for an individual or $23,550 for a family of four.
Until the change, adults earning up to 200 percent of poverty were eligible.
Walker rejected federal money under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law to pay for coverage those who earn up to 138 percent of poverty. However, Walker’s budget did provide additional money to eliminate a waiting list for Medicaid coverage for childless adults who earn less than 100 percent of poverty. That is expected to add about 82,000 people to the program.
The changes in Wisconsin do not affect pregnant women and those who are elderly, blind or disabled.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who supports the federal overhaul law, sent Walker a letter Monday calling on him to do more to communicate with those who face losing Medicaid coverage.
“Surely receiving your communication will create uncertainty, confusion, and anxiety for these families,” Baldwin wrote Walker. She asked him to engage in more personal and direct follow-up with those affected, including placing phone calls and partnering with local governments and organizations that can help those affected.
Walker’s spokesman Tom Evenson had no immediate comment on Baldwin’s letter.
Walker’s letter will be sent in in five batches, one per day this week. It is going to 56,552 households, but more than one person at each address may lose coverage, according to Department of Health Services spokeswoman Stephanie Smiley.
The letter says that another communication will be coming in December letting them know who exactly in their household is affected and how their eligibility will change. Those losing coverage they must apply for insurance through the marketplace by Dec. 15.
Waiting until December for a personalized notice that someone is losing coverage is not soon enough, Baldwin said.
“These families cannot afford to pay for any shortcomings you are creating in not seamlessly moving these Wisconsinites from BadgerCare to the new Marketplace,” Baldwin wrote to Walker.
On Sunday, the Wisconsin Counties Association passed a resolution renewing its support for the state accepting federal money to pay covering those who earn up to 138 percent of poverty.
Walker has steadfastly refused to reconsider his approach, which the Legislature endorsed, rejecting that money and reducing Medicaid eligibility to 100 percent of poverty. Walker has been an outspoken advocate for repealing the entire Affordable Care Act.