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Sign this petition to send the message that Wisconsinites will not allow the health of our state to be compromised.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has asked the federal government to allow them to make very harmful changes to BadgerCare and other Medicaid programs such as lowering eligibility levels and increasing health care costs for working families. Don't let this happen!  Sign this petition to urge the federal government to reject these terrible changes.


Letter to
CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of CMCS Cindy Mann
US Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
I just signed the following petition addressed to: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

I urge you to deny the recent request from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) for a waiver of federal maintenance of effort (MOE) requirements.

Approval of the DHS waiver request would be very damaging for Wisconsin citizens. The proposed waiver would jeopardize the care of 168,000 Wisconsinites. An estimated 64,748 people would lose their BadgerCare coverage as a result of the proposed changes (including more than 29,000 children) and an additional 104,000 would have higher premiums or would be affected in other ways.

A waiver would also increase low-income families’ out-of-pocket health care costs, pricing needed care out of reach for some families, and it could be particularly harmful for children with special health care needs and other people with disabling conditions who rely on BadgerCare. In addition, a waiver would increase bureaucratic red tape and the number of uninsured children in Wisconsin, reversing decades of progress made on both fronts under Republican and Democratic governors.

To make matters worse, the waiver would result in cost-shifting, not cost savings. The state’s MOE waiver proposal would merely shift costs from state government to Wisconsin families, businesses, and local and federal government. Unfortunately, the Department of Health Services did not allow the time, means and information needed for the public to give meaningful input on the proposed changes. IIf they had, DHS would have noted that Wisconsinites are overwhelmingly in favor of BadgerCare and do not support these significant cuts to the health of low-income families as a reasonable means of balancing the state budget.

There are many ways that Wisconsin could have balanced the budget without pursuing these harmful cuts to Medicaid. Approval of DHS’ waiver proposal would impose a high cost on Wisconsin’s effort to make health care better and more affordable. Therefore, we, the undersigned, strongly urge you to reject the harmful waiver proposed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.