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Less than 2 Weeks Left for BadgerCare Plus Transitioners Special Enrollment Period! (posted Oct. 23, 2014)

In September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a Special Enrollment Period for people who lost their BadgerCare+ coverage in April due to the eligibility changes made by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). That Special Enrollment Period closes November 2nd. Read more.

New Special Enrollment Period for Former BadgerCare+Members
Posted on September 4, 2014

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a Special Enrollment Period for consumers who lost their BadgerCare+ coverage in April due to the Department of Health Services eligibility changes. This means those consumers have an opportunity to enroll in Marketplace coverage now, and do not have to wait until the next Open Enrollment period.  The Special Enrollment Period for those who lost their BadgerCare+ is available today, September 4th through November 2nd, with coverage starting one month after enrollment. Read more on the CKF blog.

Courts Weigh In on ACA and Premium Subsidies – But Nothing Changes (Yet)
Posted on July 22, 2014

On July 22,, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals released a decision saying that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) only authorized health insurance subsidies for state-based Marketplaces, essentially rendering subsidies invalid in the 36 states with federally-facilitated and state-partnership Marketplaces.

Just a few hours later, the Virginia Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the subsidies in federally-facilitated and partnership Marketplaces.

So, what does this mean for subsidies in Wisconsin, a federally-facilitated Marketplace?

Read  more on our blog.

BadgerCare+ Enrollment Numbers Released

The Department of Health Services released April’s BadgerCare+ enrollment numbers today. The release of these numbers has been anticipated because the numbers reflect the effect of the April 1 BadgerCare+ eligibility changes.

Remember, the April 1 changes modified eligibility for BadgerCare+ to 100% FPL, providing access to coverage for many, but eliminating access to coverage for some.

So, what story do the numbers tell? Are more people insured? And, who’s left out? Read more on our blog.

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Covering Kids & Families (CKF) works to maximize participation in health insurance coverage and other services that promote the health and well-being of children and families. 

We work through a statewide coalition of agencies and partners, including public (state and local government) agencies, non-profit community-based organizations, schools, healthcare providers, insurance carriers and UW-Extension.


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  • Meta Schroeder Beckner Fund, UW-Madison School of Human Ecology
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Milwaukee County
  • UW Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
  • UWSMPH Partnership Fund
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
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