Vos Says He Doesn’t Foresee State Accepting Medicaid Expansion Funds

Assembly Speaker Thinks There's 'No Reason To Change' Things In Wisconsin

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling speaking at a Wisconsin Health News luncheon on Thursday. Photo: Shamane Mills/WPR News.

State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says a projected state budget shortfall and continuing demands on Medicaid won’t result in Wisconsin taking federal money for Medicaid expansion.

Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate and Assembly both agree the upcoming budget will be tight. Speaking at a Wisconsin Health News luncheon in Madison, Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling said accepting federal money to expand Medicaid could ease the state’s financial burden. Vos, however, said those no longer eligible for BadgerCare can get subsidized private coverage on the marketplace, so there is no coverage gap.

“So I think its a good balance, he said. I see no reason to change it, especially when national groups recognize us for where we are. And I certainly wouldn’t want to upset the applecart.”

Stay informed on the latest news

Sign up for WPR’s email newsletter.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Gov. Scott Walker rejected the federal money in 2013, but did expand Badgercare to those below the poverty line. So far 28 states, some of them led by Republicans, have accepted the funds.