Wisconsin BadgerCare Changes 2013 — Don’t Get Caught Without Any Health Insurance

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Seventy-seven thousand Wisconsin adults are scheduled to be removed from Badgercare benefits in January 2014, even if they are not able to get coverage through the new health insurance exchange.  BadgerCare members who make more than the poverty level will be required to switch insurance on January 1, 2014, with the deadline to enroll for health insurance exchange coverage by December 15, 2013.  This is a very fine time line.  BEWARE.  It is anticipated that letters advising people of their BadgerCare status will not be sent until November 23, 2013, when state representatives will adopt new federal criteria to determine eligibility.  Recipients will be compelled to use the federal health insurance exchange website, www.healthcare.gov, which is full of problems and quite simply does not yet work.  This short span of time does not give those persons who are losing BadgerCare eligibility sufficient time to complete enrollment in qualified health plans via the marketplace.  Governor Walker rejected federal funding to extend Medicaid/BadgerCare to those persons earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level.  Instead he is compelling those persons at the poverty level to 138% of the federal poverty level to obtain their health insurance through the federal health insurance exchange, ie., the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a ObamaCare.  See the Wisconsin family law  of our site for more information.