Badger Care Plus Announced at American Family Children's Hospital

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American Family Children's HospitalMADISON - Flanked by doctors, nurses, and children at play, Governor Jim Doyle visited American Family Children’s Hospital Thursday to announce the introduction of a new health insurance program to benefit children in low-income families.

Badger Care Plus provides free health insurance to lower-income households, while families earning up to $47,494 annually would pay as little as $10 a month. People may enroll in the program starting Feb. 1.

“One hundred thousand kids in Wisconsin go without health care, and that is unacceptable,” said Doyle, who added Badger Care Plus assures 98 percent of state residents will have access to health care.

Doyle was introduced by Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Interim CEO Dr. Carl Getto and Dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Dr. Robert Golden. Others in attendance included Department of Pediatrics Chair Dr. Ellen Wald and American Family Children’s Hospital Vice President Jeff Poltawsky.

The 60-bed American Family Children’s Hospital opened its doors in Aug. 2007 and provides patients and their families with a comforting, child-friendly environment aimed at enhancing the healing process.

Date Published: 02/01/2008

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