Health Care

Top 10 Reasons to Take the Federal Funds to Improve BadgerCare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides funding for states to expand health insurance coverage for low-income adults who have income below 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). That part of the ACA gave Wisconsin a great opportunity to close a very large gap in BadgerCare – coverage for “childless adults” (adults who aren’t custodial parents of a dependent child).

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2014 Federal Poverty Levels

New federal poverty level (FPL) figures were released in January and began to apply to BadgerCare on Feb. 1, 2014. This one-page document shows those figures for different family sizes and translates them into the key percentages of the FPL for purposes of BadgerCare and the Affordable Care Act. It includes the monthly and hourly amounts, as well as the annual figures, and it explains the relevance of different percentages of the FPL.

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