Reading between the lines — DHS Secretary’s testimony supports conclusion that health care reform act is likely to save WI money

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 3:55 AM by

Catching up on some news from late last month, Wisconsin’s new Secretary of the Department of Health Services (DHS) testified at the January 26th  hearing of the House Budget Committee, which is now chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R. WI).  Smith, who served as the national Medicaid Director for nearly 8 years during the Bush administration, was one of four witnesses who testified about the fiscal impacts of the health care reform law (aka, the Affordable Care Act or ACA).

A Journal Sentinel article by Guy Boulton does a great job of examining the Secretary’s testimony and explaining that the ACA’s net effect on Medicaid spending in Wisconsin is likely to be quite positive. By my calculations, which are based on figures in the Secretary’s testimony and on a conversation with him, Wisconsin is likely to save well over $500 million from 2014 through 2019.

Read more in today’s WCCF Blog post.

Jon Peacock

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