This week, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Reverend Raphael Warnock, and Jon Ossoff introduced new legislation to provide critical health care coverage to more than four million Americans who had previously been denied access to affordable health insurance because of where they live. The Medicaid Saves Lives Act would provide health insurance to Americans with low incomes in the 12 states that have refused to fully expand their state Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. Baldwin says, “In Wisconsin we know this as Badger Care, which provides comprehensive healthcare to very low-income people and families.”

Baldwin says, “because they have repeatedly refused to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin, we are creating a federal program that will provide over 90,000 individuals in Wisconsin with this comprehensive yet affordable healthcare.”

The Medicaid Saves Lives Act would direct the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to create and standup a federal Medicaid look-alike program, which would provide the same full, essential benefits of Medicaid, but run and administered at the federal level.