Wisconsin softens some provisions of Medicaid waiver
Following significant public backlash, Wisconsin policymakers have revised a controversial waiver requiring Medicaid members to pay premiums and undergo drug screening to participate.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services submitted its waiver application last Wednesday to the CMS after incorporating feedback from more than 1,000 comments on the original proposal.
Originally, the state outlined a sliding scale where people between 20% and 100% of federal poverty level would pay between $1 and $10 a month. It scrapped those plans and is now proposing no one below 51% of the poverty line will be required to pay any premium. Those above that level will pay $8 a month.
The state also softened its plan to charge Medicaid members who visit the emergency room an $8 copay for the first visit and a $25 copay for subsequent visits over a one-year period.
Once the CMS posts the waiver on its website, it will undergo a 30-day comment period.