Governor Evers' Budget Proposal

Who the budget helps

By fully expanding BadgerCare Plus, Wisconsin's Medicaid program, we will bring $1.6 billion in new federal funding, generate $324.5 million in state savings, strengthen our economy, support rural hospitals, and connect more hardworking Wisconsin residents with affordable health care.

82,000 low-income residents will gain health coverage and be able to get the care they need.

  • ​More than 60% are parents of caretakers.

  • One-third live in rural communities.

From caretakers to parents to adults nearing retirement or just out of college, health insurance helps people get back on their feet and say healthy so they can provide for themselves and their families.

Working Wisconsinsities would benefit from Medicaid expansion

What the budget does

Governor Tony Evers' budget invests in health and the well-being of every Wisconsinite. By recognizing that health care is a cornerstone of workforce and economic development in all communities across the state, this budget makes critical investments in communities and workforce needs that will drive economic growth. It expands affordable health care coverage to 82,000 Wisconsin citizens, ensures postpartum care for women and babies, and supports all families. It leverages new federal funding in order to invest hundreds of millions in the health and well-being of every citizen. The budget improves access by investing in providers and working with technology to further help meet rural access needs. It seeks innovative and commonsense solutions to managing chronic diseases, preventive care, and mental health and substance use disorders.

The budget provides coverage and reduces costs for thousands of Wisconsin residents, expanding much-needed health care to working families. In 2017, an estimated 406,000 Wisconsinites did not have health insurance.

It isn’t enough to expand health care coverage without dramatically improving access to needed health care services. The budget improves health care quality and access by addressing provider reimbursement, tackling workforce shortages, and providing coverage for additional services and benefits.

Wisconsin has a long history of leadership and innovation in health care. This budget seeks to build on that legacy by investing in preventive care, managing chronic diseases, and behavioral health. Through these proposals, we will make smart investments for Wisconsin families, tackle health disparities for all communities, and grow our workforce.


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Last Revised: July 8, 2019