Eligibility Restrictions for People with Offers of Employer-sponsored Insurance. This two-page flyer summarizes the restrictions on eligibility for subsidized health insurance coverage for individuals who have access to employer-sponsored insurance. It expands our previous infographic to show which groups of people are subject to either the BadgerCare restrictions or the federal restrictions on subsidies for coverage purchased through the new federal Marketplace (November 22, 2013).
Future of Health Insurance in Wisconsin Infographic (Updated Novmeber 22, 2013). English version. Also see, Spanish version (El Futuro del Seguro de Salud en Wisconsin).
The Future of Health Insurance in Wisconsin: Top 10 Things to Know. This one-page flyer summarizes ten key things that Wisconsinites need to know about how the health insurance market is being affected in 2014 by the Affordable Care Act and by the BadgerCare changes approved this year by state lawmakers (November 22, 2013).
Affordable Care Act: Overview and Update on Wisconsin Implementation. PowerPoint summary of the Affordable Care Act and changes to BadgerCare in 2014 (November 21, 2013).
2013 Federal Poverty Levels. This chart is a handy reference for the income levels that are relevant for BadgerCare and the Affordable Care Act. It shows the income limits and thresholds for people in different family sizes from 100% to 400% of the federal poverty level, and contains tables that convert the annual income limits into monthly and hourly amounts (October 15, 2013).
Frequently Asked Questions about Health Insurance in Wisconsin, Relating to Changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) & BadgerCare/Medicaid. This Q & A format document covers a wide range of questions about what the federal health care reform law means for Wisconsinites (October 15, 2013).
Top 10 Reasons to Use the Affordable Care Act to Fill the Gap in BadgerCare. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives Wisconsin an exciting opportunity to improve access to health care by filling a large gap in BadgerCare coverage. Here are ten of the many reasons why Wisconsin should use this option, which would make BadgerCare available to childless adults and to parents who aren’t the primary custodian of a dependent child (Revised June 10, 2013).
Overlooked Budget Measures Could Cause at Least 29,000 Children to Lose BadgerCare Coverage. The budget bill resurrects proposals that could cause more than 29,000 children to lose their BadgerCare coverage, and could impede administration of the health care reform initiatives that take effect in 2014 by creating inconsistent definitions of income for purposes of state and federal law . Also, see related WCCF press release (May 7, 2013).
Using the Affordable Care Act to Close the Gap in BadgerCare
This two-pager overviews the opportunity in the Affordable Care Act to provide health insurance coverage to low-income Wisconsinites without dependent children. We outline the number of Wisconsinites expected to benefit, as well as the top ten reasons to take advantage of this federal funding. Please share this short policy brief widely (Januray 15, 2013).
Top Ten Ways Wisconsin Families Are Already Benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. This one-pager summarizes a series of blog posts, highlighting ten of the many ways health care reform is already helping Wisconsin families. Please print copies and distribute this resource widely (JUne 27, 2012).
Resources and Links to Analyses Regarding Proposed and Approved BadgerCare and Medicaid Cuts. WCCF and the Save BadgerCare Coalition have summarized the DHS proposals to cut Medicaid and BadgerCare, and the likely consequences.
Q & A Summary of the Upcoming Changes to BadgerCare. The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has approved a portion of the cost-cutting changes that the Walker Administration has been seeking to make to BadgerCare. This document answers some of the basic questions about those changes, such as who will be affected, how, and when (May 7, 2012).
Options for Closing the Shrinking Medicaid Deficit. This Wisconsin Budge Project paper examines the latest estimates of the size of the Medicaid deficit and options for eliminating that shortfall (May 4, 2012).
Inconsistencies Between the BadgerCare Changes and the Affordable Care Act.
Governor Walker and DHS officials have frequently argued that all of the cost-cutting changes they were seeking to make to BadgerCare are consistent with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provide a test of measures that will take effect nationwide in 2014. Although the changes recently approved by HHS are legally permissible, they are nonetheless inconsistent with the federal law in a number of important details and in the general intent. This short paper overviews the approved changes, and how they differ from the ACA (April 30, 2012).