Chippewa County
Wisconsin

Resolution
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Resolution to Submit Referendum on Expansion of Medicaid in Wisconsin

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Category:Referendum

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Financial Impact

There is no fiscal impact by passage of this resolution other than the cost of including the referendum question on the November 4 general election ballot.

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WHEREAS, the federal government, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has made funding available annually for the expansion of the current Medicaid / BadgerCare program to include adults under the age of 65 with incomes less than 133% of the federal poverty level (which is effectively 138% of the poverty level based on how the income level is calculated), providing 100% of the costs for four years and 90% of costs thereafter, to assist Wisconsin in covering 235,000 adults currently not covered (181,000 newly eligible; 53,000 eligible but under current rules not enrolled); and

WHEREAS, Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin State Legislature have turned down the federal funds and turned those 235,000 persons toward the federally run Wisconsin State Healthcare Exchange, for which most of those 235,000 persons do not qualify; and

WHEREAS, Wisconsin will spend about $973 million more on Medicaid / BadgerCare to cover currently eligible children and parents through 2022, with or without expansion, and expansion would reduce state spending in that period by $248 million; and

WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin would realize $495 million in savings from Medicaid / BadgerCare expansion over the next eight years by permitting the state to shift some state-level programs onto the federal government; and

WHEREAS, Wisconsin, as an opt-out state, could experience between 139 and 671 preventable deaths due to lack of health care coverage which would have been provided by Medicaid / BadgerCare; and

WHEREAS, the reduction in disproportionate share funding (DSH) to hospitals serving low-income persons (safety-net hospitals) could lead to closure of some hospitals in Wisconsin which serve large numbers of low-income persons who would be covered by the expanded Medicaid / BadgerCare program; and

WHEREAS, the costs for the expanded Medicaid / BadgerCare program have already been paid by citizens of Wisconsin through their federal taxes, which means that federal tax money from Wisconsin will go elsewhere, not benefitting Wisconsin citizens; and

WHEREAS, the following advisory referendum question is an effective way to determine whether the citizens of Chippewa County support the expansion of Medicaid /BadgerCare;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chippewa County Board of Supervisors does hereby direct the county clerk to place the following referendum question on the November 4, 2014 county ballot and that a copy of this resolution be sent to Governor Scott Walker, the Speaker of the Assembly, the President of the Senate, State Senator Terry Moulton, State Assembly Representatives Thomas Larson and Kathleen Bernier and the Wisconsin Counties Association.

Question for the referendum: Shall the governor accept federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid / BadgerCare in Wisconsin to cover persons with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level?

Submitted to the County Board by Supervisor Anson Albarado.

Meeting History

Aug 12, 2014 6:00 PM  County Board Regular Meeting

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chippewa County Board of Supervisors does hereby direct the county clerk to place the following referendum question on the November 4, 2014 county ballot and that a copy of this resolution be sent to Governor Scott Walker, the Speaker of the Assembly, the President of the Senate, State Senator Terry Moulton, State Assembly Representatives Thomas Larson and Kathleen Bernier and the Wisconsin Counties Association.

Question for the referendum: Shall the governor accept federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid / BadgerCare in Wisconsin to cover persons with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level?

Submitted to the County Board by Supervisor Anson Albarado.

RESULT:ADOPTED [12 TO 1]
MOVER:Anson Albarado, District 8
SECONDER:Doug Ellis, District 12
AYES:Paul Michels, Bill Stimeling, Glen Sikorski, Jared Zwiefelhofer, Lee Mcllquham, Michael A. Goettl, Anson Albarado, Lawrence J. Willkom, Florian Skwierczynski, Doug Ellis, Mike Leisz, Leigh Darrow
NAYS:Henry Shakal
ABSENT:Steve Gerrish, Brittani Zammit