Has Scott Walker’s rejection of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare cost Wisconsin $1 billion?

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dana Wachs said in April that Gov. Scott Walker “has turned down $1 billion of Medicaid money over the course of his tenure.” Is Wachs telling the truth? PolitiFact Wisconsin checks the facts and crunches the numbers.

Walker orders most agencies to add no new spending in next budget


Gov. Scott Walker is directing state agencies to assume they will receive no additional state funding in their next budgets, with exceptions for K-12 schools and some basic adjustments for programs like Medicaid. Walker sent the instructions to state agency heads late last week. > Cap Times

Transgender residents sue over Wisconsin’s Medicaid rule


Two Wisconsin residents who want gender reassignment surgeries paid by Medicaid filed a lawsuit Monday against the state,contending their denials of service are discriminatory and violate the federal health care law. > AP News

Explainer: Election-year health policy in Wisconsin


Reinsurance, association health plans, Medicaid waivers. Recent health care actions in Wisconsin, some of which require federal approval, can be difficult to follow for anyone without a Ph.D. in health policy. To help you sort through the issues, the Wisconsin State Journal has created this at-a-glance guide to the state’s health policy.

Lawmakers advance Walker’s $90 million package to put work requirements on welfare


Lawmakers Tuesday advanced bills from Gov. Scott Walker that could get more welfare recipients working at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $90 million a year. An Assembly committee approved all of the proposals on a party-line vote, while a Senate committee has advanced two of the bills. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ron Johnson, opioids, and the great Obamacare smear


Sen. Ron Johnson has been peddling the theory that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is making the opioid crisis worse. Doctors are overprescribing opioids to Medicaid recipients, he says, and poor people are then selling them on the black market. The data and timeline, however, speak otherwise. > Mother Jones

Ron Johnson’s claims on Medicaid’s role in opioid crisis are absurd


This week Sen. Ron Johnson used his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee to hold a kangaroo court hearing to make the bizarre claim that Medicaid expansion under Obamacare is fueling the opioid epidemic. His claim lacks any reasonable factual basis, and is frankly absurd. Here’s why. > Cap Times