Health and Human Services

A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for Health Care

March 1, 2017
Governor Walker’s 2017-19 budget bill proposes many new requirements for participation in public assistance programs. However, relative to his previous budgets, the health care portion of the latest budget bill proposes relatively modest changes in health care funding and policy. Although the bill contains a few significant changes in BadgerCare and Medicaid policy, it’s likely that much more substantial changes will be debated later this year, after Congress considers proposals that could radically transform Medicaid.

2017 Federal Poverty Levels

February 1, 2017

2016 Federal Poverty Levels

February 12, 2016

An Updated Overview of Health Care Issues in the 2015-17 Budget

July 20, 2015
Although the budget bill significantly increases state funding for Medicaid and BadgerCare in order to address cost increases, it also contains a number of cuts to important health care services. Those cuts and much of the increased spending from state revenue could be avoided if Wisconsin expanded BadgerCare eligibility to more low-income adults.

Children’s Issues in the 2015-17 Wisconsin Budget

July 14, 2015
Budget decisions made by lawmakers help determine whether children in Wisconsin attend high‑quality public schools, have access to health care when they need it, and live in financially secure families. By making investments in children today, lawmakers can ensure that Wisconsin will have a well-educated, healthy workforce in the future, laying the foundation for broad-based prosperity and economic growth down the road.

Children’s Issues in the 2015-17 Budget Bill as Proposed by the Governor

March 11, 2015
Budget decisions made by lawmakers help determine whether children in Wisconsin attend high-quality public schools, have access to health care when they need it, and live in financially secure families.

An Overview of Health Care Issues in the 2015-17 Budget

March 2, 2015
The Governor’s budget bill significantly increases state funding for Medicaid and BadgerCare in order to address cost increases, as well as proposing cuts to important health care services. Those cuts could be avoided if Wisconsin expanded BadgerCare.

2014 Federal Poverty Levels

February 5, 2014

An Overview of Health Care Issues in the 2013-15 Budget

June 20, 2013
The budget partially closes the current gap in BadgerCare by extending eligibility to all adults below the poverty level who don’t have children, while cutting in half the current income eligibility ceiling for parents and caretakers.

An Overview of Health Care Issues in the 2013-15 Budget

March 11, 2013
Governor Walker plans to partially close the current gap in BadgerCare by extending eligibility to all adults below the poverty level who don’t have children, while cutting in half the current income eligibility ceiling for parents and caretakers.