Doyle in Hudson to announce suspension of BadgerCare Plus Core Plan enrollment
Governor James Doyle visited Hudson Hospital Monday afternoon and announced that the state is approaching the maximum number of enrollees for the new BadgerCare Plus Core Plan; the state will suspend enrollment at noon Friday, Oct. 9. The program is for low income adults without dependent children. After Friday noon, those applying for the program will be put on a waiting list.
"The fact that we have to implement a waiting list is not surprising - the fact that we have to apply the waiting list three months after taking the first application is," Governor Doyle said. The Department of Health Services (DHS) began taking applications for the plan on June 15.
"Since we began taking applications we have received 500 to 600 applications each day and more than half of these individuals have no income whatsoever," Doyle said. "I can think of no clearer demonstration of the need for national health care reform. Despite the tremendous work we have done here in Wisconsin, BadgerCare Plus, and state plans like it, are merely bridges to get us to national health reform."
Gov. Doyle also directed DHS to design a proposal to offer some basic level of coverage for those on the Core Plan waiting list. The plan would be self-funded and not include any taxpayer funding, but would offer some form of coverage while individuals waited to be enrolled in the Core Plan.
For more information see the Oct. 8 edition of the Star-Observer.