Friday, September 04, 2009

Governor Doyle Announces $50 Million for Health Care Expansion for the Uninsured

MADISON - Governor Jim Doyle today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the state a total of $50 million to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to build on the success of BadgerCare Plus.

“Each day in Wisconsin, one of our friends, loved ones or neighbors is gambling with their health,” Governor Doyle said. “They may be sick or injured, but don’t go to a doctor because they do not have insurance. We’ve taken this issue head-on in Wisconsin to help make us a national leader on health care reform. This grant will help us continue our efforts and do what’s right for the people in our state.”

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will receive a new State Health Access Program (SHAP) grant in $10 million increments over a five-year period to assist in providing additional members the benefits available to them within the BadgerCare Plus Core Plan for Adults with No Dependent Children. SHAP grants were awarded to 13 states, including Wisconsin, to help provide affordable insurance or implement new initiatives to reach the uninsured.

All of the states awarded a grant must show that they are able to sustain the program after federal funding has expired. The impact and results of state projects will be reported to Congress at the end of the grant period.

The other 12 states receiving the grant include Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

For more information about BadgerCare Plus, visit


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