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Days Before Election, Scott Walker Gets His Medicaid Cuts

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's request to impose work requirements on people who receive Medicaid coverage, but that may not be the worst part of Walker's new program.

The new requirements, which will inevitably lead to thousands people losing access to health care, will also require people to prove that they're eating right.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) lays out the program here:

For starters, Wisconsin is the first state allowed to take coverage away from people with incomes below the poverty line if they don’t pay $8 monthly premiums. Those with incomes as low as 50 percent of the poverty line — or about $500 per month for an adult without dependents — who don’t pay premiums will lose Medicaid for up to six months. Wisconsin also became the fifth state allowed to take Medicaid coverage away from people who aren’t working or engaged in work-related activities, which could cause many people to lose coverage. In addition, low-income adults will be required to complete a health risk assessment (HRA) in order to get or maintain their coverage.

Together, these policies are likely to significantly restrict access to Medicaid coverage for many low-income adults in Wisconsin.

The "health risk assessment" will supposedly reward people for displaying vaguely-defined "healthy behavior" by lowering their Medicaid premium, but refusing to complete an HRA or displaying unhealthy behavior will increase premiums.

It's essentially a tax on people who are out of shape for whatever reason.

As someone who does not have a lot of money, I can say from personal experience that one of the biggest struggles is trying to balance eating right with eating enough. And Scott Walker is going to impose these requirement on people who are in a worse situation than I am.

It really has not been that long since Republicans attacked First Lady Michelle Obama for encouraging kids to eat more vegetables, and that wasn't even a law; it was just a public health campaign.

Republicans are not forcing people to jump through hoops for access to health care because they genuinely care about the health of their constituents. They're doing it because they hate poor people. They don't believe you should have health care. They don't care about you. They want you dead.

Stop voting for people who want you dead.

  • katanahamon

    This is hatred of the poor. Simple as that. It’s ok to blow 150,000 dollars on each migrant who’s 1200 miles away on security costs, trillions on the military and wars we don’t even remember we are still in, tax breaks for corporations that have employees on food stamps, etc etc, but no, let’s not give money to people that really need it, and would recycle that money right back into the economy anyway instead of hiding it in offshore tax havens. I despise Scott Walker, and what’s up with the Daily Beast having a piece about how “Walker Might Lose, But He Doesn’t Deserve To,”..? Not only does he deserve to lose, he deserves to go directly to one of the less festive circles of Hell…

  • Badgerite

    Walker is basically putting in a condition that will exclude people with pre-existing conditions caused by poor nutrition.
    One of the things a doctor does is provide advice and guidance as to proper nutrition.
    This is just a dishonest way to cut Medicaid spending in the state.

  • muselet

    Cruelty toward the poor and unfortunate is a sport for Rs, isn’t it? What do you want to bet the state will only accept health risk assessments done at state-approved clinics, most of which will be located miles from Medicaid recipients (and will be open only sporadically and will not accept appointments)?

    Absolutely disgusting.

    –alopecia

  • $8 a month. God, I HATE this “skin in the game” bullshit.

  • Scopedog

    “Stop voting for people who want you dead.”

    THIS.

    And also–to the idiot Left–stop telling people to not vote because the people who do not want you dead may not be 100% pure.