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Gov. Walker signs bill changing BadgerCare eligibility

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker signed a bill Thursday that tweaks the eligibility changes for BadgerCare that were approved recently.  

Wisconsin adults who make more than poverty level wages could still get BadgerCare through March 31st, if they sign up by the end of January.  

Starting February 1st, only those making poverty wages or less can apply for the Medicaid-funded Badger Care. Those above the poverty line who apply after February 1st would have to get coverage from the Obamacare exchanges.  

The Legislature approved the newest changes earlier this week, after a recent settlement between Walker's office and the federal Medicaid agency.  

About 77,000 existing BadgerCare recipients above the poverty line will lose their coverage at the end of March, and about 83,000 who are in poverty will get coverage for the first time.  

Those changes were supposed to be made January 1st, but the governor and Legislature approved a three-month delay due to problems that people originally had in signing up under the federal exchanges. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)