U.S. Representative Ron Kind today encouraged Governor Walker to agree to the Medicaid expansion provided to states through the Affordable Care Act.
At this time, Republican governors Jan Brewer or Arizona, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, and Susana Martinez of New Mexico have already agreed to the expansion.
"The Supreme Court has ruled and the law is constitutional," said Rep. Kind. "Now it's time to move forward in updating our health care system so that all Americans have access to stable, secure, affordable coverage."
"Governor Walker has the opportunity expand BadgerCare in our state and ensure affordable coverage for low-income children, the disabled, and all Medicaid recipients and still save the state money over the next ten years. It's time to rise above the politics, as other Republican governors have, and provide the people of Wisconsin access to quality health care."
The Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act gave states the ability to accept or opt out of the law's Medicaid expansion. According to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Wisconsin will actually spend 0.6 percent less on Medicaid between now and 2022 if the state agrees to the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. With the Medicaid expansion, the state would also reduce the number of uninsured Wisconsinites by 123,000.