Oneida and Lincoln county are two of twenty counties asking the state to help run a pilot program supporting health care for poor people.
The state of Wisconsin refused to accept additional dollars from the federal government to cover the cost of a portion of BadgerCare, or Medicaid.
Following the lead from Ohio, the 20 counties would like the state to allow the money to flow directly to the counties.
Kevin Kane Wisconsin Citizen Action says Wisconsin has a long history of this type of funding...
In the past 10 days, 7 county boards have written the Joint Finance Committee preparing the budget to accept federal Medicaid dollars to help fund Wisconsin's BadgerCare program.
Three of the boards included Oneida, Lincoln and Marathon counties.
Kevin Kane from the group Citizen Action of Wisconsin says the counties know they are likely to see first hand what will happen if those dollars don't come in....
The Oneida County Board has asked the Wisconsin legislature to accept federal Medicaid funds to continue BadgerCare. Governor Walker and Republican leaders have indicated they don't want the money.
Several speakers told the board accepting the money would hurt more than help.
A Board of Health Member...Jackie Cody...says 88,000 parents would be without health coverage from BadgerCare if the money is not accepted. The program does require a payment to be in it...