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Tax Time and Health Insurance - What's New for 2014?

With the New Year begun and tax season underway, Wisconsinites may be surprised to find a new line on their tax forms asking about their health coverage.

As of January 1st, 2014, those who do not have health coverage may have to pay a penalty at tax time. The IRS will assess the first year’s penalties on consumers’ tax returns this spring.

Consumers who have health insurance (like through an employer or a relative) will simply check a box on their taxes this year indicating that they were insured for 2014.

The changes will be more involved for consumers who bought 2014 coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and received the Advanced Premium Tax Credit (APTC), and for those who were uninsured last year. Read more.

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015!
(Posted on December 4, 2014)

Update information, change plans, renew coverage or enroll for the first time!

Visit the Health Insurance Marketplace at, contact the call center 24/7 at 1-800-318-2596 or find a local enrollment assistance counselor to apply. Find Southern Wisconsin Collaborative Navigators to find enrollment assistance resources and read more.

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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
  • Wisconsin Health Information Organization
  • UW Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
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Special Special Enrollment Periods

CMS has announced a new Special Enrollment Period March 15 through April 30, 2015, to assist consumers who unexpectedly learn while filing taxes that they are liable for a fine for the months of 2014 when they did not have health insurance for more than 3 months of that year.

Those eligible for a Special Enrollment in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace must meet these criteria:

- Currently not enrolled in coverage through the Marketplace for 2015

 - Attest that when they filed their 2014 tax return they paid the fee for not having health coverage in 2014, and

 - Attest that they first became aware of, or understood, the implications of the Shared Responsibility Payment, or fine, after the end of the Open Enrollment Period (February 15, 2014) in connection with preparing their taxes.

Members of the Southern Wisconsin Navigator Collaborative are developing plans with partners to enroll this special group of consumers.

CKF and Partners Share a Little Healthcare Got Love on Feb. 14 and 15

CKF Navigators, United Way, volunteer certified application counselors, libraries, community partners and trained insurance agents will take applications down to the wire with weekend enrollment events to help consumers get coverage before 2015 Open Enrollment ends. Dial 2-1-1 for events near you.


CKF and Partners Get Ready for Wisconsin Enrollment Super Saturday on January 31!

Details in the Super Saturday news release.

Enrollment assisters and community organizations across Wisconsin are getting ready for Super Saturday to enroll people in danger of missing the February 15 deadline and insurance coverage for 2015.


Milwaukee Events

Center Street Library
2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave
10 am to 2 pm


Journey House
2110 W. Scott St.
10 am to 1 pm


La Murguia Head Start building
1645 S. 36th St.

Noon to 3 pm


Dial 2-1-1 or 414-270-4677 for details.


Madison Event
United Way of Dane County
2059 Atwood Ave.

9 am to 6 pm
Dial 2-1-1 for more information.
Call 608-261-1455 for details and appointments.


Racine Event

Racine County Human Services/Workforce Development Center

1717 Taylor Ave.

Noon to 3 pm

Contact: Jessica Retzlaff


Dodgeville Event

Southwest Technical College Outreach Center Computer Lab (Piggly Wiggly Mall)

316 W. Spring St.

9 am to 1 pm


Enrollment Assistance Events in Milwaukee and Dane Counties

Click on the Milwaukee County Event Calendar or the the Dane County Event Calendar to see where you can find in-person assistance in these areas. You can always call CKF at 608-261-1455 or 414-270-4677 for additional help!


Find Enrollment Assistance from Wisconsin Navigators

Click on this map to see where organizations are assigned to manage enrollment.

Updated for 2015!
Health Insurance Enrollment Fact Sheets

Download these free fact sheets to help educate consumers, staff, yourselves and others interested in assuring that Wisconsinites have accurate and easy-to-understand information when picking a health insurance plan.

Download materials from the Wisconsin 2014 Enrollment Conference

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