Fitzgerald walks back comments on Medicaid expansion

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Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is walking back comments he made that he wouldn’t rule out accepting federal money to expand Medicaid. The Republican said on WISN-AM radio Friday that he “went too far” when he said Thursday: “I don’t want to be presumptuous and rule it out.” > AP News

Fitzgerald says he won’t rule out Medicaid expansion

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Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Thursday that he wouldn’t rule out accepting federal money to expand Medicaid in the state, breaking with fellow Republicans including outgoing Gov. Scott Walker. Gov.-elect Tony Evers ran on a plan to take federal money to expand coverage to about 75,000 poor people, long a Democratic priority. > AP News

Critics call Wisconsin’s Medicaid fraud crackdown ‘bullying’

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

Gwen Moore correct that fewer insured after Walker turned down Medicaid expansion dollars

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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.

Tony Evers could bring significant changes to health care in Wisconsin

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

Walker’s Medicaid work requirement approved; drug testing rejected

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

Cost of Wisconsin’s stance on the Affordable Care Act? $1.1 billion

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