Many changes are coming in the way individuals and families access health care in our community due to the Affordable Care Act and changes to Wisconsin’s BadgerCare+ program. Covering Kids & Families (CKF) joins many other local, state and national organizations working to inform the community about these changes to ensure residents have appropriate access to coverage and care.
BadgerCare+: Governor Walker has proposed delaying changes to the BadgerCare+ program from January 1st, 2014 to April 1, 2014. If approved, this would mean:
- individuals who are currently enrolled in BadgerCare+ would maintain their eligibility and enrollment in the program until April1st,
- childless adults (many of whom were on the BadgerCare+ Core waitlist) would not be able to access BadgerCare+ benefits until April 1st, and
- individuals in HIRSP plans will have the option to continue in their current plan until April 1st, or transition to a new plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace (see the HIRSP FAQ here).
This delay is not effective until approved by Wisconsin State Legislature and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. The Legislature will hold a special session on this topic December 2nd, 2013 at 11:00 am. Interested individuals can attend and testify at this public hearing held in room 412 East at the State Capitol building. More information on the proposed changes can be found at the Department of Health Services website: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health-care/.
Marketplace Coverage Deadline: In order for coverage selected in the Marketplace to begin January 1st, 2014, the application must be submitted and the first premium paid by December 23rd. Originally the date was December 15, 2013. Applicants can also apply for coverage through the Marketplace by calling 1-800-318-2596.
Uninsured individuals and families and those seeking new coverage should continue to apply at the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov. For in-person application assistance, check out the enrollment directory at www.e4healthwi.org. Residents in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin can also call 2-1-1 for a list of local supports.