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) 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 $1.1 billion in 2016 alone. This tax is the result of Wisconsin’s BadgerCare (Medicaid) program only paying for 65 percent 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 ($1 billion) and corporate income tax ($921 million).