Sen. Vinehout: Give People Fair Notice on Loss of BadgerCare

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November 22, 2011

New Bill Requires 60 Day Notice to People about to Lose Medicaid

Madison- Sen. Vinehout (D-Alma) introduced the “Fair Notice Act” to require a 60 day notice if families are about to lose state health coverage.  The bill responds to citizens concerned about deep cuts in Medicaid.

“Giving people notice before the state takes away their health care is the very least government can do,” said Senator Kathleen Vinehout. “I learned currently only a ten day notice is required. That is not enough time to find alternative health insurance.”

Sen. Vinehout’s bill requires a plain language notice be given to individuals at least 60 days before any changes are made to their benefits or eligibility.

The state’s budget-writing committee recently approved a plan to drop coverage, reduce benefits and increase out-of-pocket costs for individuals who rely on BadgerCare and Medicaid for health coverage.  According to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, approximately 64,748 low income individuals- including 29,606 pregnant women and children- would be affected.

“People are afraid about these big changes. Families worry they will lose benefits or be dropped altogether,” said Senator Vinehout. “Wisconsin owes these families advanced notice of changes that will drastically impact their lives.”

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