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Legislature approves changes to BadgerCare eligibility

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - More changes will soon be made on who's eligible for BadgerCare.  

Both houses of the state Legislature approved the changes Tuesday, after a recent settlement between the governor's office and the federal Medicaid agency.  

Wisconsin adults who make more than poverty-level wages could still get BadgerCare through March 31st, if they sign up by the end of January.  

Starting February 1st, only those making poverty wages or less can apply for the Medicaid-funded BadgerCare. Those above the poverty line who apply after February 1st would have to sign up for Obamacare -- just like 77,000 other current BadgerCare recipients above the poverty line who will lose their coverage at the end of March.  

That cutoff was originally planned for the end of December -- but because of problems with the Obamacare Web site, it was delayed for three months. There was also a three-month delay to start BadgerCare for 83,000 impoverished people -- but that's being moved up two months under the new settlement.  

The Assembly approved the deal on a voice vote. The Senate okayed it 21-11, with all Republicans voting yes along with Democrats Tim Carpenter, Mark Miller, and Tim Cullen.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)