WHA has advocated for a Medicaid program that preserves access to care for our most vulnerable citizens, is a "true safety net" for those with no other options, and adequately compensates providers.

Demand Fairness for Wisconsin

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), recently adopted legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives and being considered by the U.S. Senate, would significantly disadvantage states like Wisconsin that have chosen not to adopt Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act. The AHCA grows the gap between the Medicaid expansion have and have-nots — in essence it penalizes states like Wisconsin for not expanding Medicaid. By 2025, nonexpansion states will have foregone an additional $683.9 billion in net federal outlays for Medicaid, compared to states that have opted to expand the program under the existing law. These estimates project that federal spending on Medicaid in expansion states by 2025 will be $1,936 per capita compared to $1,158 in nonexpansion states — a relative difference of 67 percent. The American Health Care Act fails the test of equity.


 Wisconsin's Hidden Health Care Tax

The Hidden Health Care Tax on Wisconsin employers has continued to grow, reaching $960 million in 2013 alone. This nearly $1 billion tax is the result of Wisconsin’s BadgerCare (Medicaid) program only paying for 65% of the cost of hospital care for patients, resulting in health care costs getting shifted over to private payers. This Hidden Health Care tax rivals what is paid by Wisconsin families and businesses through the state’s motor fuel tax ($999 million) and corporate income tax ($967 million).


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WHA Contact:

Brian Potter

Senior Vice President,

Finance/Chief Operating Officer



Joanne Alig

Senior Vice President,

Policy and Research