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77,000 Residents losing Badgercare

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MADISON (WKOW) -- With the Affordable Care Act deadline, also comes an end to Badgercare for about 77,000 residents.

Governor Walker announced tighter eligibility requirements last year.

But on Monday, opponents called on the Governor to accept the federal money for Badgercare that would ensure continued coverage for those residents who lose their coverage on Tuesday.

Kevin Kane, Lead Organizer for Citizen Action for Wisconsin says, "This is a decision that still can be made, we can still accept the federal medicaid funds and not subjugate our citizens to $26 million in additional out of pocket costs when the state could just cover them all and ensure that they have access to quality affordable coverage.

Those losing Badgercare coverage can purchase insurance on the federal exchange through May 30th.
Meanwhile, about 83,000 childless adults currently without coverage will be brought into the Badgercare program starting Tuesday.

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