Wisconsin adults who lost their BadgerCare this year will get another chance to sign up for Obamacare if they need to. The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a special enrollment period Thursday, which will allow Adults over the poverty line who were dropped from BadgerCare Plus can sign up on the federal exchanges through November second.
Earlier, officials said 38,000 adults who were dropped from BadgerCare never signed up for Obamacare, as Governor Scott Walker had planned. State health officials said the number has dropped to around 26,000.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) asked for the special enrollment. She’s been critical of how the Republican Walker has handled Obamacare. Among other things, she demanded that he find out what happened to those who didn’t use the federal system after losing state coverage.
Walker said earlier this week that many found coverage through employers or somebody else, and without mentioning Baldwin by name, he said her stance was essentially a solution in search of a problem. Democrats have criticized Walker for not taking more federal money to expand BadgerCare. The governor fears the extra funding would dry up someday — and the state would be left responsible for covering the added costs.