Gov. Scott Walker has touted Wisconsin’s efforts to root out fraud, saying that as of 2017, the state had identified $150 million in Medicaid and FoodShare fraud and overpayments. However, critics contend the state has gone too far in some cases, seeking to claw back huge sums of money from those who made minor paperwork errors. > Wisconsin Public Radio
With Democrat Tony Evers poised to take over the governor’s mansion, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore said in a Nov. 8, 2018 interview that she expects Wisconsin will now take those federal dollars. On her claim that “We have lost over $1 billion in not taking the Medicaid expansion money, only to insure fewer people,” PolitiFact Wisconsin checks both points.
Gov.-elect Tony Evers might face resistance in the Republican-controlled Legislature to fully expanding Medicaid as allowed by the health care law. But including federal money for the expansion in the state budget could make it hard to refuse, health policy experts said. > Wisconsin State Journal
President Donald Trump’s administration has approved Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial plan to require childless adults on Medicaid to work or lose coverage, but the federal government rejected Walker’s proposal to require drug screening and testing. > Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin is the only state in the country that partially expanded eligibility for Medicaid while not accepting the additional federal dollars available through the law. The cost: an estimated $1.1 billion through the fiscal year ending June 30, according to the most recent analysis by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sought for years to put Medicaid recipients to work. Now federal officials have given him most of what he wanted, but he’s delaying the process for fear the changes will doom his flailing reelection bid, say three federal officials familiar with the deliberations. > POLITICO
Wisconsin’s hospitals have seen an increase in unpaid medical bills that’s topped a billion dollars, according to a report by the Wisconsin Hospital Association. The report found that 150 Wisconsin hospitals had a total of $1.1 billion in uncompensated health care services in 2017, up 14 percent from 2016. > AP News