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Va. Gov. To Visit Free Medical Camp Set Up For Uninsured

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will fly to southwest Virginia to draw attention to the uninsured as he continues his campaign to expand Medicaid. In Wisconsin, officials release data showing that about one of three people who lost coverage when Gov. Scott Walker changed BadgerCare health insurance later bought plans on the federal health exchange.

The Washington Post: McAuliffe To Visit Free Health Clinic To Expand Health-Care
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, due to return Thursday from an eight-day trade mission to China and London, will hop on a plane the very next day to fly to a free medical clinic in far southwest Virginia. ... the Democrat's trip to the Remote Area Medical expedition in Wise County is intended to highlight the plight of the state's uninsured citizens — and bolster the governor's bid to expand access to health-care. A field hospital springs up every year on the Wise County Fairgrounds near the Kentucky Border. For three days, hundreds of dentists, doctors and other health-care providers volunteer their services, and 1,000 or more people camp out for the chance to get a tooth pulled or various ailments checked out (Vozzella, 7/17).

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: One-Third Who Lost BadgerCare Coverage Bought Plans On Federal Marketplace
About one out of three people who lost their BadgerCare Plus health insurance under the state's unusual approach to the Affordable Care Act bought subsidized health plans on the marketplace set up by the federal law, according to figures released Wednesday by the state Department of Health Services. The figures provide the first thorough look at the number of people who gained and lost coverage through BadgerCare Plus, Wisconsin's Medicaid program, under the approach taken by Gov. Scott Walker's administration. The approach expanded coverage through BadgerCare Plus for the poorest adults while dropping coverage for others who would be eligible to buy subsidized health plans on the federal marketplace (Boulton, 7/16).

The Associated Press: Data Shows Most Who Lost Medicaid Coverage In Wisconsin Didn't Buy Insurance Through Exchange
More than 60 percent of the people in Wisconsin who lost state Medicaid coverage earlier this year did not purchase private insurance through the online marketplace, according to official data released Wednesday. Gov. Scott Walker has defended his administration's attempts to reach out to the nearly 63,000 people who lost coverage under the more limited income requirements he put in place. But the new numbers released by the Department of Health Services fueled criticism from opponents who argue it was wrongheaded of Walker to reject federal money for expanded coverage (Bauer, 7/16).

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