Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Coalition to Strengthen BadgerCare Continues to Grow
44 health care and business groups urge state lawmakers to take good deal that insures more people and saves taxpayers money
Madison—A group of over 40 Wisconsin health care providers and business groups are urging the state legislature to amend Gov. Walker’s budget proposal by taking federal health care financing to strengthen the BadgerCare program.

The coalition made the request in a letter delivered this week to all state lawmakers.  Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee), member of the Joint Finance Committee, released the following statement in response to the letter (attached). 

“Our coalition continues to grow.  Health care providers from around the state, including traditional Republican business groups like MMAC, are urging the legislature to accept this good deal because it will provide a huge benefit to our health care system and to the people they care for—all while saving state taxpayers money.  

“By accepting these federal funds, Wisconsin can insure more people and save taxpayers $100 million in the next two years, compared to what Gov. Walker proposed in his budget. 

“It’s not too late to take this good deal.  I call on my Republican colleagues to listen to the health care providers in their districts and to say yes to BadgerCare.”

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