Medicaid programs in Wisconsin face huge potential changes if governor Walker's proposed budget repair bill gets signed into law. The extent of those changes are hard to gauge accurately right now, says Bob Jacobson from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, but over a million people could be affected by changes to Badger Care and similar programs. And unilateral changes made under the bill and not approved by the feds would likely result in tens of thousands adults and children losing their state health coverage altogether.
Jacobson's group believes some of the changes that Walker wants to work in the state's Medicaid system are, at the least, a blatant power grab by the governor. At the most, a violation of the state's constitution.