Low-income health insurance expansion begins

July 15, 2009 (MADISON, Wis.) The BadgerCare Plus Core Plan covers primary and preventive care along with generic drugs for those qualifying adults. Wednesday marked the first day benefits could be received.

Gov. Jim Doyle marked the expansion of benefits to childless adults with a news conference in Milwaukee. The program has been a priority of Doyle's.

State officials expect about 40,000 people to be enrolled in the program. So far about 1,100 have enrolled with about 24,500 having applied.

To qualify for the program, an applicant's annual family income can't be more than about $22,000 for a single person or approximately $29,000 for a married couple.

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