- Require such enrollees pay monthly premiums as determined by DHS;
- Impose higher premiums on enrollees who engage in behaviors that increase their health risks;
- Limit eligibility to no more than 48 months;
- Require a health risk assessment for all such enrollees; and
- Require a drug screening assessment and, if indicated, a drug test as a condition for eligibility
In addition to being constitutionally dubious, the drug testing provision will do little to actually help people with substance abuse disorders. Instead, it will unfairly stigmatize people who need BadgerCare in order to access health care. For a more comprehensive look at the concerns regarding drug testing applicants for public assistance, see this letter from Community Advocates Public Policy Institute to Governor Walker that was signed by the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health.
The proposal to limit eligibility to 48 months is also problematic and would unduly restrict much needed access to health care for many people who have fallen on difficult economic times. Like the other provisions mentioned above, this change would require approval from the federal DHHS.
Stay tuned for more updates! We will continue to provide more in-depth analysis of these BadgerCare provisions and other proposals contained in the budget as we continue to study the Governor's proposal.