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Wisconsin’s Medicaid Deficit Grows to $93 Million, as Cost of Rejecting Federal Funds Rises Sharply

Enrollment of childless adults in BadgerCare is far above the anticipated level, and that’s having a significant effect on the state budget.  The much higher than anticipated cost of covering that population means Wisconsin could save far more than previously estimated by taking the enhanced federal funding for Medicaid expansions. That option authorized by the Affordable […]

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Tax Credits Lower Marketplace Insurance Costs to $112 per Month in Wisconsin

Subsidies Cover 74% of Premium Costs for Wisconsinites Eligible for Marketplace Tax Credits Over 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the federal Marketplace that began operating in January, and new data released today show that most individuals participating in the Marketplace are paying less than $100 per month for their coverage. […]

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May 30 Deadline Looms for Some of the 63,000 Former BadgerCare Recipients

Advocates and Policymakers Await Data on How Many Transition to Marketplace Coverage Data released on May 19 by the Governor’s Office indicate that nearly 63,000 people have lost BadgerCare eligibility this year because of state policy changes. The vast majority of them lost their BadgerCare coverage on April 1 because of eligibility changes enacted by state […]

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Ups and Downs in New BadgerCare Enrollment Numbers

Governor Walker and the Department of Health Services (DHS) released data today relating to BadgerCare enrollment in April.  According to the Governor’s press release, the state was serving an additional 81,731 childless adults below the poverty level in April, but 62,776 people with income above the poverty level lost their BadgerCare eligibility. You can find the […]

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Independent Analysis Finds Large Drop in the Uninsured since September

Urban Institute Says 5.4 Million Adults Gained Insurance between September 2013 and March 2014 A New York Times editorial Thursday morning assesses the success of the ACA.  It focuses on the number of sign-ups for private coverage through the Marketplace, which recently surged past 7 million.  However, the editorial also cites the Medicaid expansion and […]

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New Figures Indicate More than 116,000 Health Insurance Sign-ups in Wisconsin

More Data Needed on Actual Number of New Enrollees and Decrease in the Uninsured   New figures released by federal officials yesterday show that nearly 3.3 million people picked a private health insurance plan through the federal Marketplace by February 1, including more than 56,000 in Wisconsin. In addition, slightly over 60,000 Wisconsinites who applied through the […]

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New Poverty Level Standards & ACA Definitions Take Effect

The standards for determining BadgerCare eligibility changed in a couple of significant ways this week.  Although the major eligibility changes (reducing the income limits for parents and improving coverage for adults without dependent children) have been delayed until April 1, the following two changes have just taken effect: The federal government’s annual adjustments to the […]

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