Governor Walkerâ€™s proposed budget repair bill could have drastic implications for programs many Wisconsin seniors rely on.
The bill ( Special Session Senate Bill 11 and Assembly Bill 11) would allow Governor Walkerâ€™s administration to make big changes to Medicaid programs such as SeniorCare Rx, FamilyCare, and BadgerCare without public input or approval from the full state legislature.
The bill allows the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to study Wisconsinâ€™s Medicaid programs and then gives them sweeping authority to implement â€œemergencyâ€ rules that would go into effect without a vote from the full legislature. The bill also changes the criteria to define an emergency rule so it could be used for basic policy decisions â€“ the kind of decisions that we elect members of the state legislature to make. Instead, decisions about Medicaid programs could be made behind closed doors.
It’s time to quickly contact your representatives and get them to vote NO on this bill
Decisions could be made to increase costs for program participants, allow providers to deny service to those who canâ€™t share costs and change existing benefits.