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Feds give preliminary ok to some proposed health program cuts


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The federal government has given preliminary approval to some – but not all – of the proposed cuts in Wisconsin’s government health programs for the poor and the elderly.

It also raises the possibility that 53,000 childless adults could be dropped from the state’s BadgerCare Plus health plan in the New Year.

Cindy Mann of the federal Center for Medicaid wrote state officials Friday, saying it was okay to raise adult premiums on BadgerCare Plus if certain conditions are met. But some of the other cuts sought by state officials will not get a federal decision until after the first of the year.

She did not know when those rulings might be made.

Stephanie Smiley of the state Health Services Department said her agency needs to look at what the federal government ordered Friday, and then come up with a plan.

Among other things, the state proposed that over 200,000 Medicaid recipients in Wisconsin be moved to less expensive plans.

The cuts were designed to eliminate a large deficit in the state’s Medicaid budget.