BadgerCare Rates to Increase

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

In order to balance the budget, a new law will take effect January 1 that raises premiums by about $40 a month for some people who rely on BadgerCare.

BadgerCare is an insurance program for low-income families who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid.

Tanya Calhoun is a mother of five who relies on BadgerCare for her insurance. She says it seems easy for the legislators to increase the rates, because it won't have a direct impact on them.

"They're doing it because they don't have to worry. They have money to pay for insurance. People who are in situations like me who need it. It will affect us devastated."

However, legislators have said the alternative is worse. They would be forced to remove people from the program or discontinue it altogether. In order to be eligible for BadgerCare, a family of four has to earn less than $34,040 a year.

Those whose premium will increase are families that earn between $27,600 a year and $34,040.

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