MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - U.S. Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin has asked the federal government to give Wisconsinites dropped from BadgerCare a second chance to sign up for Obamacare.
63,000 adults above the poverty line lost their BadgerCare as part of the state's response to the Affordable Care Act. They were expected to enroll in private plans under Obamacare, but 38,000 had not done so.
A few weeks ago, Baldwin demanded that Governor Scott Walker find out what happened to those people.
In a letter to federal health officials, Baldwin said the Republican Walker's plan posed "severe consequences." She said it's urgent that the federal government help vulnerable residents get the full benefits of Obamacare by granting the 38,000 a special enrollment period.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid are not commenting on Baldwin's request.
Walker said it was obvious that some of those losing BadgerCare chose other options -- such as health plans through employers. He said the call for a special enrollment is the result of "somebody looking for a problem that doesn't exist."
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)