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Drop in Claims Helps Wisconsin Medicaid Program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A reduction in per-enrollee health care costs should help Wisconsin Medicaid programs cut their projected budget shortfall to $232 million, from an estimate of $554 million made in September 2011, an Wisconsin official said in a letter released Tuesday.

State and federal agencies have been spending a total of about $7.5 billion per year on Wisconsin Medicaid programs. The programs provide coverage for 1.2 million of Wisconsin's 5.7 million residents.

ssary savings without seriously risking the health of our most vulnerable individuals," said state Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Whitefish Bay.

A spokesman for Walker declined to comment and referred questions to DHS.
 
While the new numbers are good news, they do not mean that the cost-savings being proposed by DHS should be dropped, said Sen. Rob Cowles, R-Green Bay. However, if the savings as projected in the new forecast do pan out, that money could be used to help pay for a planned re-opening and expansion of the popular Family Care program as announced last week, Cowles said.

The Walker administration imposed a cap on Family Care enrollment in July 2011.

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