The numbers are in and there are still many Wisconsinite's
struggling to find health insurance after having to
leave BadgerCare earlier this year...
but some local officials have a plan to bring the
issue back into the spotlight.
News 8's Brittany Schmidt joins us now to explain.
Mike and Lisa,
The La Crosse County board has added an advisory referendum
to the ballot.
When voters head to the polls in about a month, they
will be asked if they want the state to accept federal
funds for BadgerCare...a program to provide healthcare
to low income residents.
By putting it on the ballot, local officials are hoping
to encourage the governor to take a second look at
federal funds this November.
Last year, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made the
decision to decline federal funds when it comes to
BadgerCare because he wants people to take control
of their own healthcare....
To think the governor would turn down such a huge
pot of moeny as being offered through expanded medicare
just because of ideological
reasons is really incomprehensible.
The decision ultimately forced
more than 65,000 Wisconsinites
off the program.
These individuals not only could have stayed on BadgerCare,
but many more could have newly gained access to it
if the sate of Wisconsin had accepted federal funds,
but instead we have the opposite.
Over the year, many found coverage through the marketplace,
while others went through private insurance companies....
but more than a third, or about 26,000, are still
without coverage in Wiscosnin.
There are over 1,000 people just in Monroe, Vernon
and La Crosse alone that are stuck in this coverage
Here is a break down of the numbers...graphic for
La Crosse, Monroe, Jackson, Vernon and Trempealeau
In La Crosse County, more than 12-hundred people had
to leave BadgerCare ....almost 500 are still without
In Jackson County, more than 3-hundred residents were
removed...with about half still looking for another
for me as a local elected official, there are nearly
500 of our neighbors and friends who are without coverage
and that is not right.
In a final effort to change the governor's mind, the
La Crosse County Board has added an advisory referendum
to the november ballot
We have tried passing resolutions, we have commuicated
with governor and state legislature to no avail and
so an advisory referendum is really the best tool
that we have a s a community to chime in on an issue
that is of importance to us.
If he changes his mind, which he can do at any time...
Over the next 7 years, La Crosse County alone would
take in an estimated 117 million dollars to help uninsured
residents gain affordable coverage.
La Crosse County is just one of about 20 other counties
across the state that will have the advisory referendum
on the ballot.