“What did we budget for BadgerCare? What did we spend for BadgerCare? What did we get for what we spent?”
I raised these questions at a recent hearing of the Joint Committee on Audit. The Medicaid program – the parent program of BadgerCare – came under scrutiny.
Medicaid (MA) is the largest single program in state government. BadgerCare, Family Care and other health programs provide vital health care to one in five Wisconsinites. Yet a recent audit showed serious problems with accountability and transparency.
The questioning of state officials by Audit committee members centered on such problems as an antiquated state accounting system, a lack of management information available to lawmakers and a ‘shadow agency’ run by contractors.