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Budget analysts: WI Medicaid will have $141M deficit by mid-2013


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin budget analysts said today that Medicaid will have a deficit of $141 million in state funds by the middle of 2013.

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau announced the estimate -- but it also cautioned that Governor Scott Walker's prescription for fixing the shortfall might not work out as planned.

For one thing, the bureau said there's no guarantee that the Obama administration will approve changes in BadgerCare Plus that could save around $93 million.

The Fiscal Bureau also said there's "little information" available to evaluate the proposed saving of $75 million by increasing audits and better coordination, both to assure the most cost-efficient care.

The state's Health Services agency has not commented on the new report.

The total deficit includes the adding of $72 million to remove the enrollment limit for the Family Care program, which some lawmakers are against even though the federal government has ordered the change.