Cullen urges Walker to accept federal Medicaid money

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Gazette staff
Thursday, July 10, 2014

MADISON—Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, is urging Gov. Scott Walker to accept federal Medicaid funding in light of new reports that show the benefits the funds would have in Wisconsin.

Cullen made his remarks in the weekly Democratic radio address today.

He said Walker's refusal of federal Medicaid dollars will result in 120,000 uninsured Wisconsinites and will cost residents $250 more per year, on average, in health insurance premiums than residents of states that accepted federal Medicaid dollars.

Cullen said the governor's Medicaid decision also will cost the state more than 11,000 jobs.

“President Obama has left the door open for Gov. Walker to reverse course and accept the Medicaid money,” Cullen said in his address. “It is unethical to turn away these federal funds and deny our friends and neighbors the security of quality health coverage.

“For the sake of Wisconsin, Gov. Walker needs to change his priorities and accept federal Medicaid funding.”

The audio of the address can be found at http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/sen15/cullen71014.mp3.

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