Finance Panel Approves BadgerCare Changes

The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance has approved Governor Scott Walker’s plan to delay changes to the state’s BadgerCare Plus, and extend for another three months coverage to some 72,000 residents under the basic BadgerCare plan. The committee’s 11-2 vote on Monday set the stage for action in the Assembly later this week and by the Senate later this month. Health care advocates testified against the plan – which will delay the BadgerCare Plus eligibility of 83,000 poor, childless adults by another three months – during a brief public hearing prior to the vote.