Scott Walker Tries To Cut Men Out Of Wisconsin Family Planning Program
First Posted: 06/ 2/11 03:22 PM ET Updated: 06/ 2/11 04:20 PM ET
Greg Hartman was waiting tables to support himself through college in the fall of 2010 when his hometown of Manitowoc, Wisc., experienced an outbreak of HIV and the hepatitis C virus. After finding out his best friend had been infected with hepatitis, the uninsured 22-year-old decided he needed to get checked out as well — but the tests were going to cost him more than $300 out of pocket.
“There’s no way I could have afforded it on my own,” said Hartman, who brings in only $150 to $200 a week from his restaurant job.
Hartman said he went to the University of Wisconsin’s campus health care center and applied for BadgerCare — the state’s Medicaid-funded family planning program, which reimburses low-income men and women for sexually transmitted disease testing, birth control services, cancer screenings and other preventative reproductive care. Through BadgerCare, Hartman was able to afford to get tested for both HIV and hepatitis C — he tested positive for the latter.