Wisconsin’s newly-elected Governor, Scott Walker, made it a campaign promise to rid the state of government-sponsored health care. With his Republican legislators, they have vowed to make significant budget cuts, and one of the first items on the chopping block will likely be the state’s Medicaid program, known as BadgerCare.
However, the program is one of the better examples of Medicaid programs in the country, as it provides every child in the state access to health care and helps low-income families get medical care. It reduces the number of uninsured and ultimately save costs by providing preventative care and keeping medical conditions from escalating to the point of emergency treatment.
Currently, there are close to three quarters of a million people covered by BadgerCare. If cut, Wisconsin could lose about $4 billion dollars a year in federal-matching funds, according to a report by NPR.
There’s a lot at stake if Governor Walker keeps his promise of doing away with this important program. Let him and the legislature know you don’t want to see cuts to BadgerCare by signing the petition below.
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