MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers says he will tour the state to make a pitch for expanding Medicaid health coverage in Wisconsin under his first budget plan.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Evers visited a health center on Wednesday in Milwaukee and told reporters afterward that government officials are to blame for Medicaid expansion’s failure in the state. He said he plans to win Republican votes for a proposal to expand Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Plus health-care plan for low-income residents, as allowed by former President Barack Obama’s health-care law.
Wisconsin is one of 17 states that have not taken the federal money offered through the health care law to expand Medicaid. People in three of those states — Idaho, Nebraska and Utah — voted in referendums in November in favor of the expansion of Medicaid.