Health Care

Every family needs and deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care services. People covered by health insurance are healthier, make less use of expensive emergency room services, do better in school and at work, and are more economically stable.

The Affordable Care Act, enacted by the federal government in 2010, has brought dramatic changes to the health care landscape across the nation and in Wisconsin. One of the ACA's key features is a health insurance marketplace through which eligible people can buy coverage beginning in 2014. One of the most critical issues regarding how health care reform plays out in Wisconsin will be the marketplace's ability to accommodate the large number of low-income people who are being forced by changes in BadgerCare eligibility rules to purchase their own insurance.

For much more information about the new health coverage marketplace see the federal governments website, and the Wisconsin enrollment outreach site

CHIPRA Can Help Improve Health Care for Non-English Speakers

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) approved by Congress early this year gives states financial assistance and policy options that will help Wisconsin improve Badger Care Plus. One source of financial assistance is an enhanced federal match rate for interpretation and translation services. The new rate, which is 75% for children in Medicaid […]

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New Report Shows States Moving Forward on Covering Kids Despite Fiscal Challenges

The Center for Children and Families today released the report “Weathering the Storm: States Moving Forward Despite Tough Economic Climate,” the first evaluation of CHIPRA implementation. “Weathering the Storm” finds that despite the tough fiscal climate in the states, 23 states moved forward in covering children this year. By taking advantage of the passing of […]

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BC+ Core Plan Faces Possible Waiting Lists

An article in today’s Wisconsin State Journal notes that enrollment in the new program for childless adults within BadgerCare Plus is exceeding the state’s projections. The article states that DHS Secretary Karen Timberlake has indicated that they may have to turn to waiting lists in order to keep the program on budget. According to the […]

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Federal Law Offers Opportunities to Improve BadgerCare Plus

A top priority of President Obama and Congress this year was extending and improving the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). That legislation was approved in early February, and the President promptly signed the CHIP Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA). The new law gives states increased funding and new policy options that should enable Wisconsin not only to […]

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Gallup Reports Sharp Increase in Uninsured Wisconsin Adults

Survey data released by Gallup yesterday highlight the importance of health care reform. Gallup reported an increase in the number of uninsured adults nationwide from 14.8% in 2008 to 16.2% in the first six months of 2009. According to the Gallup figures, Wisconsin is still doing considerably better than the national average, but not as […]

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BadgerCare Plus Coverage for Childless Adults Starting Up

In the coming weeks, Wisconsin will begin for the first time to offer a statewide health insurance plan for low-income adults who don’t have dependent children. Statewide implementation of this new coverage, know as the BadgerCare Plus Core Plan, will be a major step forward in Wisconsin’s efforts to reach the Governor’s goal of ensuring […]

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Huffington Post Piece on Health Care by Gov. Doyle

Interesting piece on health care by Gov. Doyle on the Huffington Post last week. Sure, it’s his job to toot his state’s own horn, but he makes some important points in this post. In addition to laying out the case for addressing the nationwide health care crisis, Gov. Doyle focuses on the importance of investing […]

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