By Paul Schmitt
Better access to health care is the direction needed more so than putting preconditions on BadgerCare, according to one local social advocate. A Wisconsin waiver requiring some BadgerCare recipients to work has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Wayne Kudick, a retired social worker from Egg Harbor, says putting a precondition on BadgerCare addresses only half of the issue.
Kudick says all people would get their health care on a preventive mode so when a job is ready they are ready. The new waiver to BadgerCare requires anyone under the age of 50 who are childless would have to work a minimum of 80 hours a month, go through job training or provide some community service to gain health care benefits. Proponents of the waiver say the link between health coverage and work will help people be more independent.