It’s been a very busy three months for us at Covering Kids & Families- so busy that we have neglected our blog! Although we’ve posted through our Facebook and various other project list serves, we wanted to make sure we keep you all connected through this tool as well. We’ll be back to posting regularly so be sure to send any requests for additional information to email@example.com.
This is Danielle writing, so I’m going to give you a quick update on outreach, education and enrollment assistance efforts through the Milwaukee Enrollment Network (MKEN), a regional collaboration of 100+ organizations focused on health insurance enrollment. Stay tuned next week for an update on a different topic from one of my colleagues.
On March 31st (or April 15th, depending on how you look at it), we saw an end to the first Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period. Covering Kids & Families, one of the co-conveners MKEN, was busy providing training, event coordination, resources and materials to local organizations in order to ensure consumers were connected to coverage. Other MKEN member organizations including local Navigators, Certified Application Counselor agencies, agents, brokers and other public benefit assisters spent the last six months trying to put a dent in Milwaukee’s 13% uninsured rate and enroll eligible consumers into Marketplace or BadgerCare+ coverage. MKEN members met regularly to share updates, discuss strategies and best practices, and plan outreach events and enrollment activities.
So, we are still waiting on Wisconsin-specific data, but nationwide, Health and Human Services reported that roughly 7.5 million people signed up for health insurance coverage in the Marketplace as of the end of March, and that that millions more signed up through private plans or through their state’s Medicaid program. Also, because some consumers will be eligible for Special Enrollment Periods and BadgerCare+ enrollment is year-round, we hope to see the insured rate increase over time. We will be sure to pass along the most recent data on the number of Wisconsin’s successful enrollments as they are made available – so stay tuned!
If you are interested in learning more about or getting involved in MKEN, check out www.mkehcp.org/mken. For folks outside of Milwaukee, check out the Department of Health Services’ website for contact information on your regional enrollment network. Efforts are already underway to prepare for the next Open Enrollment period which begins November 15th!