By Tim Kowols
Two Democratic lawmakers in the state Legislature are calling for a plan to bring less-expensive health care plans to Wisconsinites. Rep. Eric Genrich and Sen. Dave Hansen have introduced “BadgerCare for All,” which would make the state’s insurance program for low-income individuals and families an option for those who do not get coverage from their employer or cannot afford what is currently in the marketplace. Rep. Genrich knows the United States Senate is working on the American Health Care Act in Washington D.C. and the bill is unlikely to get a lot of support with state Republicans but says he wants to show his party is at least generating ideas.
Genrich says “BadgerCare for All” would not require any additional state funds if federal waivers are approved and could potentially generate new revenue through management fees associated with operating Medicare plans. The bill will look for co-sponsors this week and be up for discussion on the Assembly and Senate floors in the coming weeks.