Gov. Tony Evers says his two-year budget plan due to be delivered in mid-February will again propose accepting federal money to expand the Medicaid program. Republicans removed the provision from his first budget, dismissing it as an attempt to expand welfare. The Department of Health Services again put the proposal in its budget request, and removing it would require finding $588 million more in general-purpose revenue to fund Medicaid under its current structure.
“The extra revenue would be welcome, but most importantly that extra revenue helps us create a better health care system for people that struggle,” Evers told WisPolitics.com in late December. “I’m hopeful that people will take a second look at it and say this isn’t welfare as I know some of our colleagues have suggested. This is just good for public health.”