Monday, February 3, 2014

Health Care Delay May Affect Students, by Ellen Barrett

Planned Parenthood’s presence in BadgerCare as well as the Affordable Care Act continues to be a topic of conflict. Students lacking health insurance or relying on care from Options Clinic in La Crosse may be affected by changes recently made to BadgerCare in Wisconsin.
On December 4th the Wisconsin State Assembly approved Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to delay implementing changes to BadgerCare, including a provision to cut about 70,000 individuals off from existing coverage. The proposal passed also means 80,000 uninsured Wisconsinites must wait until April 1st to access new health insurance benefits initially promised by January 1st. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin believe that Governor Walker’s move to delay BadgerCare will only contribute to the likelihood of insurance gaps for those in need of affordable health care in Wisconsin.
In a press release, Tanya Atkinson, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin states, “We call on Governor Walker and legislative leadership to reverse their decision and accept federal funds available for Wisconsin. This would allow more people to have health insurance and ultimately cost the state less money,” Atkinson adds, “It’s time to take the politics out of the debate around health care access and make sure all Wisconsin families can obtain affordable coverage.”
PPAW believes Governor Walker has drastically reduced individual’s access to affordable healthcare by cutting funding to health care providers and denying federal resources to enhance health care coverage. Specifically, Governor Walker’s refusal to implement the Affordable Care Act, commonly termed ObamaCare, has raised healthcare premiums in the Wisconsin marketplace.

PPAW plan to continue serving over 70,000 patients annually across the state as a non-profit, health care facility regardless of insurance status.