With permission, Parsley is reproducing important healthcare policy updates from Covering Wisconsin in our blog. Read on to stay up to date on the latest regarding BadgerCare, Medicaid and ACA Healthcare.gov.
On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act. This law extends through Plan Year 2025 the extra Healthcare.gov subsidies that were originally added as part of the American Rescue Plan Act in 2021.
Remember: Plans and prices change every year. Even with this extension, consumers should check out new plan choices when Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment begins on November 1st--they may find a better plan for less money!
Find free, local help from a Navigator at Covering Wisconsin. Call 608-261-1455, schedule online, or text COVER to 920-507-5295.
During the COVID-19 public health emergency, special rules have been in place pausing BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid renewals and terminations. This has allowed members to keep their health insurance even if there is a change to their situation--like their household size or income--that would normally make them lose their insurance.
When the emergency ends, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will "unwind" these special rules. The federal government has promised states they will provide 60 days notice before ending the emergency.
If someone no longer qualifies for BadgerCare or Medicaid, there are other free or low-cost health insurance options available (especially thanks to the extra Healthcare.gov subsidies mentioned above!)--and free, local help throughout the state to help members through this transition.
Partners can still help consumers prepare by sharing these reminders:
Remember: Use the DHS partner toolkit, or Covering Wisconsin's customized versions, to help spread these reminders--and to refer consumers to your organization or health insurance enrollment assisters for help if they need it. Contact Covering Wisconsin to add your local enrollment assister contact information.
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Covering Wisconsin is a non-profit that connects Wisconsin residents with health insurance and other programs that support health.