21 Jun '11, 5am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker To Cut Medicaid Without Public Hearings | Care2 Causes

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker To Cut Medicaid Without Public Hearings | Care2 Causes

The new state budget bill grants broader power to Gov. Scott Walker’s administration to remake BadgerCare Plus and other state health programs with little legislative oversight, a situation that worries advocates for the roughly 1 million people covered by those programs. The major question: how the governor’s Department of Health Services will use that authority as it cuts a projected $466 million in costs from the programs over the next two years. “We don’t know exactly what will be coming down the pike,” said Bob Jacobson, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families. “And we don’t know how we can have a voice in those decisions when the Legislature has been taken out of the picture.” [...] The budget-repair bill passed earlier this year gave the Department of Health Services the authority to make changes in the programs without legislative approval but ...

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