- $28 million – State General Fund spending reduction resulting from the approved changes;
- $42 million – Loss of federal Medicaid matching funds because of the cuts to BadgerCare;
- $0 – Amount of federal match the state gets if hospitals experience a jump in spending for uncompensated care;
- 17,000 – Approximate number of adults expected to lose their BadgerCare coverage;
- 64,748 – DHS estimate of number of people who would have lost their BadgerCare coverage if the original DHS plan had been approved;
- 48,000 – The latest DHS estimate of number of BadgerCare recipients who will pay higher premiums because of the changes;
- 29,000 – Number of children who could lose BadgerCare coverage if the "maintenance of effort" (MOE) requirements in the health care reform law are repealed or struck down by the Supreme Court;
- 305,000 – WCCF estimate of number of people who could have much higher co-pays and narrower BadgerCare benefits if the Alternative benchmark plan is approved.
A new WCCF paper examines the DHS claim that the BadgerCare changes are consistent with the ACA and will provide an early test of portions of that law. The WCCF analysis explains that although it is accurate to say that the imminent changes are allowable under federal law, there are very substantial differences. It explains several discrepancies in important policy details that will result in thousands more people losing their BadgerCare coverage than would be the case if Wisconsin closely followed the ACA and was truly interested in testing its provisions.
More importantly, the new WCCF paper discusses the striking contrast between the goals of the ACA and the objectives of the BadgerCare changes.