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 April 1st,
• 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 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 for up to two minutes at this public hearing held at the State Capitol building in room 412 East.
Marketplace Health Insurance Coverage Deadline
In order for health insurance 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.
Future Marketplace Open Enrollment Periods
The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period began October 1, 2013 and extends through March 31, 2014. In 2014 and future years, the open enrollment period will be November 15th – January 15th which is a change from the initial dates reported. Applicants eligible for BadgerCare+ can apply any time throughout the year through the Marketplace.
College Students and the Affordable Care Act:
Statewide Multi-Campus Teach-In & Webcast
The November 18th teach-in event covered useful facts about the new health insurance options for young adults as well as real stories of those affected. View the archived webcast here. For more information and presentations about young adults and the Affordable Care Act, view our Special Populations webpage.
Updated! 10 Things To Know About Changes to BadgerCare+ in 2014.
The BadgerCare+ Program is slated for significant changes in 2014 in response to the Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Marketplace rollout.
Changes to BadgerCare+ as outlined in this “10 Things to Know About BadgerCare+” sheet were originally slated to take effect on January 1, 2014. Governor Walker recently proposed delaying these changes until April 1, 2014, to accommodate the changing functionality of the Health Insurance Marketplace.
These changes must be approved by the Wisconsin Legislature to take effect. The special session for this approval may occur as early as December 2, 2013. Until that time, the April 1, 2014, date is only a proposal. But, it is possible that the January 1, 2014, date will change.
Until the Wisconsin Legislature makes a decision, please advise your clients that BadgerCare+ changes will occur, but there is no date certain. Advise people to apply for BadgerCare+, and be prepared for coverage to start either January 1 or April 1, 2014.
We at Covering Kids & Families are committed to provide our friends with current and accurate information about the ongoing changes related to BadgerCare+ and the Affordable Care Act. Please check back frequently or join our list serve at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive our updates.
BadgerCare+ changes are based on the Department of Health Services (DHS) waiver that was sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. Download the "10 Things to Know About Changes to BadgerCare+ in 2014" handout for reference. For more information about these changes, visit the DHS Wisconsin Health Care Options in 2014 webpage.
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