2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
December 23, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Kolste, Billings, Riemer,
Anderson, Bowen, Brostoff, C. Taylor, Considine, Crowley, Goyke, Hebl,
Milroy, Neubauer, Pope, Sargent, Shankland, Sinicki, Spreitzer, Stubbs,
Subeck, Vining, Vruwink and Zamarripa, cosponsored by Senators Shilling,
Johnson, Schachtner, Carpenter, Ringhand, Risser, Smith and L. Taylor.
Referred to Committee on Medicaid Reform and Oversight.
1An Act to create
49.471 (6) (bm) of the statutes; relating to: extension of
2BadgerCare Plus benefits to certain postpartum women and making an
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under this bill, postpartum women who begin receiving substance
abuse-related health services under BadgerCare Plus while pregnant remain
eligible for Medical Assistance program benefits through BadgerCare Plus for
approximately one year after the last day of the pregnancy, subject to approval by the
federal government. This eligibility extension occurs without regard to any changes
in the woman's family income. Currently, all postpartum women who are eligible for
BadgerCare Plus while pregnant are eligible for BadgerCare Plus benefits for two
to three months after the last day of the pregnancy, depending on what day of the
month that occurs.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
49.471 (6) (bm) of the statutes is created to read:
(bm) 1. Notwithstanding par. (b) and subject to subd. 2., a pregnant 2
woman who is determined to be eligible for benefits under sub. (4) and who receives 3
substance abuse-related health services under the Medical Assistance program 4
while pregnant remains eligible for benefits under sub. (4) for the balance of the 5
pregnancy and to the last day of the month in which the date that is one year after 6
the last day of the pregnancy falls without regard to any change in the woman's 7
2. The department shall submit to the federal department of health and human 9
services any request for a waiver or state plan amendment necessary to implement 10
subd. 1. If approval by the federal department of health and human services is not 11
necessary or if the federal department of health and human services does not 12
disapprove the request, the department shall implement subd. 1. on a date 13
determined by the department. The department may not implement subd. 1. if the 14
federal department of health and human services disapproves the request for a 15
waiver or state plan amendment.
(1) Extension of postpartum benefits.
In the schedule under s. 20.005 (3) for 18
the appropriation to the department of health services under s. 20.435 (4) (b), the 19
dollar amount for fiscal year 2020-21 is increased by $332,900 to extend benefits to 20
postpartum women under s. 49.471 (6) (bm).