Update Newsletter: "April Showers" - 4.17.17
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has prepared a Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver request seeking changes to how it administers BadgerCare Plus. States have flexibility to change the services, delivery, and payment of Medicaid programs thanks to Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. All requested changes must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) before they can be implemented.
In the recent past, Wisconsin requested changes to BadgerCare Plus programs that included adding things like premiums for children and drug testing for adults. While both provisions were approved by Wisconsin’s legislature, they were not approved by the then Obama Administration.
But Wisconsin also used a Section 1115 waiver to expand BadgerCare to include Childless Adults for the first time, moving childless adults out of the BadgerCare Plus Core Plan and into a full benefit BadgerCare Plus Coverage program with no premiums and comprehensive services. That Waiver request, after a few revisions, was approved by the Obama Administration. (In so doing, Wisconsin has relied on this waiver instead of accepting federal funding for a full Medicaid Expansion for this Childless Adult population. In the same waiver, however, Wisconsin restricted access to parents on BadgerCare Plus to 100%PFL, instead of a Medicaid Expansion threshold of 138% FPL.)
The new Trump Administration has signaled, however, that it will be much more generous in granting flexibility to states to implement changes to their Medicaid programs, and waivers is one such way to accomplish that.
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"ACA Impact Series" Now Available Online
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'.
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
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™.
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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