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Changes to BadgerCare finalized after federal waiver approved

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A federal waiver has been approved that paves the way for the major changes coming to BadgerCare.  

Governor Scott Walker's office said Thursday it received the waiver from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  

It allows the state to drop BadgerCare Plus for about 77,000 adults who make more than poverty-level wages. It also lets 83,000 impoverished childless adults to get onto BadgerCare for the first time.  

The changes are expected to be made April 1st.

They were supposed to happen January 1st, but the governor and Legislature approved delays due to the earlier technical problems which those losing BadgerCare would have had in signing up for the Obamacare health exchanges. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)