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Less than 2 Weeks Left for BadgerCare Plus Transitioners Special Enrollment Period! (posted Oct. 23, 2014)

In September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a Special Enrollment Period for people who lost their BadgerCare+ coverage in April due to the eligibility changes made by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). That Special Enrollment Period closes November 2nd. Read more.

New Special Enrollment Period for Former BadgerCare+Members
Posted on September 4, 2014

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a Special Enrollment Period for consumers who lost their BadgerCare+ coverage in April due to the Department of Health Services eligibility changes. This means those consumers have an opportunity to enroll in Marketplace coverage now, and do not have to wait until the next Open Enrollment period.  The Special Enrollment Period for those who lost their BadgerCare+ is available today, September 4th through November 2nd, with coverage starting one month after enrollment. Read more on the CKF blog.

Courts Weigh In on ACA and Premium Subsidies – But Nothing Changes (Yet)
Posted on July 22, 2014

On July 22,, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals released a decision saying that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) only authorized health insurance subsidies for state-based Marketplaces, essentially rendering subsidies invalid in the 36 states with federally-facilitated and state-partnership Marketplaces.

Just a few hours later, the Virginia Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the subsidies in federally-facilitated and partnership Marketplaces.

So, what does this mean for subsidies in Wisconsin, a federally-facilitated Marketplace?

Read  more on our blog.

BadgerCare+ Enrollment Numbers Released

The Department of Health Services released April’s BadgerCare+ enrollment numbers today. The release of these numbers has been anticipated because the numbers reflect the effect of the April 1 BadgerCare+ eligibility changes.

Remember, the April 1 changes modified eligibility for BadgerCare+ to 100% FPL, providing access to coverage for many, but eliminating access to coverage for some.

So, what story do the numbers tell? Are more people insured? And, who’s left out? Read more on our blog.

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Pick up your Wisconsin 2014 Enrollment Conference Materials On-line.

To leave a light a footprint on the Earth, and increase access to information, presentation materials will be available only through self-print at this Website.

Click here to select and print the speaker materials that interest you for next Open Enrollment season.

Covering Kids & Families (CKF) works to maximize participation in health insurance coverage and other services that promote the health and well-being of children and families. 

We work through a statewide coalition of agencies and partners, including public (state and local government) agencies, non-profit community-based organizations, schools, healthcare providers, insurance carriers and UW-Extension.


Our work focuses on:

CKF receives grants and contracts from:

  • Evjue Foundation
  • Meta Schroeder Beckner Fund, UW-Madison School of Human Ecology
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Milwaukee County
  • UW Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
  • UWSMPH Partnership Fund
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Browse this website for information and resources on BadgerCare+ and the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin.

CKF News

Pick It Apart to Pick Your Plan

Covering Kids & Families staff have developed a handout for partners to use when talking to consumers about picking a health insurance plan. The resource uses the plan template to explain what the insurance terms and benefits mean. Use the Pick It Apart to Pick Your Plan handout the next time you help someone through the health plan choosing process.

New Materials for Special Enrollment Periods

With just about 3 months until open enrollment starts on November 15, 2014, many people think they can't get insurance until then. But, there are many situations that allow an uninsured person to enroll in a Marketplace plan under a Special Enrollment Period or SEP. Use this new handy chart to help determine when someone might be eligible for a SEP. Promote these opportunities to your clients and members with this simple 8.5" x 11" poster: Milwaukee SEP poster or Wisconsin SEP poster.

Important Updates for Immigrants from CKF and CMS

First, update your resource materials by downloading the updated Health Insurance Options for Immigrants to review the nuances of insurance choices and eligibility.

Then, download this CMS newsrelease urging consumers who have not yet responded to requests for additional documentation to act now and submit supporting documents by September 30 or their Marketplace coverage will end on September 30.

Webinar: Helping Wisconsin Kids Get Covered: Connecting to Health Coverage through Schools

Review this nationally broadcast webinar to learn more about engaging schools in health insurance outreach to make sure kids are covered. Learn about relationship building, determining and implementing outreach strategies, collecting and using data, and various other tools. Or, download the PowerPoint Presentation. 

Remember - BadgerCare+ Enrollment is Open All Year 'Round

Even though open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is closed (except for special enrollment situations) eligible children and families can always enroll in BadgerCare+ at

Here's a new Fact Sheet to help share the details.
BadgerCare+ Health Coverage. This fact sheet includes the map of all the Wisconsin IM Consortia for easy reference.

10 Cambios Importantes Acerca De BadgerCare+

Thanks to our CKF staff and our partner Centro Hispano in Milwaukee, we have 10 Things to Know About BadgerCare+ Changes in 2014 available in Spanish: 10 Cambios Importantes Acerca De BadgerCare+.

CKF Publishes New Fact Sheets

With a national focus on making sure young adults are aware of both the legal requirement to have health insurance and the importance of health insurance, CKF has created a fact sheet focusing on options for this group. Download the English version: Health Insurance Options for Young Adults.
Or, our new Spanish edition: Seguro de salud: Opciones para los jóvenes.

As people join our communities from all over the world, they, too, have additional options for health coverage. Health Insurance Options for Immigrants lays out the plans and key eligibility threshholds.