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Update Newsletter: Medicaid at Risk! - 6.15.17


New: 6/15 HWW Update Newsletter



After a delay, presumably to review the over 1,000 public comment received on its BadgerCare Plus Demonstration Waiver, Wisconsin's Department of Health Services (DHS) submitted its waiver request to the Feds on Wednesday, June 7.

The waiver was in slightly different form than the original. The public comments were not made public, only an 8 page summary was posted on the DHS website. The feds have 15 days to determine if the waiver request is complete and to notify the state. The start of a new, federal 30 day comment period will then begin. If the application is not complete, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will notify DHS of any missing elements in the application. 

The modifications DHS made slight modifications to the original waiver are extremely slight, and as minimal response they could give after cherry picking through the comments.

We presume the public comments were more vocal, especially on areas of work requirements, drug testing, and the ER "cover charge." DHS has posted a partial "summary" of public comments, but did not post all of the 1000+ comments they said they received.



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"ACA Impact Series" Now Available Online



New: The ACA Impact Series


As policymakers battle for the fate of the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill, individuals, families, and children find themselves caught in the crossfire. A campaign promise of President Trump, signed on Inauguration Day, sends an ominous signal about 'repeal'- but says little about 'replacement'.


New: The ACA Impact Series


Our new series on the Affordable Care Act's impact reviews many aspects of the important law. We encourage you to watch and learn about the broad impact of the ACA, and then share these videos with a friend!


The Affordable Care Act has given over 20 million people access to health care coverage! Now, high-risk pools and exclusion of coverage based on pre-existing conditions may return. Our series on the Affordable Care Act's impact is linked above--each brief video reviews the many aspects of the law. We encourage you to watch and learn about the broad impact of the ACA- and then share these videos!



Useful Resources for WI Families in 2017



Video: Intro to WI Coverage Connections


New in 2017 is the Useful Resources for Families Guide! Families eligible for BadgerCare Plus may also be eligible for programs included in this free handout, produced as part of the Wisconsin Coverage Connections Project.


Resource Guide: Free Download


This guide is hosted within our 3 Steps Library, along with training videos and other downloadable resources.


Goals of the Wisconsin Coverage Connections Project:


-Increase enrollment and retention in BadgerCare Plus for Wisconsin children and parents

-Increase effectiveness of outreach activities

-Improve access to health care coverage and services for the underserved

-Improve the health of our community


To learn more about this project, please click here



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