Open Enroll with the Punches - HWW Pulse
We are now entering the third week of open enrollment for 2018. Despite the Trump administration's efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, today the Hill reports nearly 1.5 million individuals signed up for a Marketplace plan in the first eleven days of Open Enrollment; these figures are almost double last year during the same period.
Analysts and policymakers anticipated lower enrollment figures, due to political rhetoric around "repeal and replace," as well as the Administration de-funding navigators and pulling advertisements for the Marketplace, but statistics out of the Administration now prove the opposite.
Some claim Trump's attempts to undermine the ACA have actually created a sense of urgency, as consumers now have half the amount of time to enroll as they did last year. Others speculate that the extensive media coverage of Trump's executive actions, such as defunding cost sharing reductions and bolstering association health plans, actually created more awareness about this year's open enrollment period.
Regardless, more individuals are acquiring coverage. We will keep our eye on the figures as new metrics are reported.
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We are excited to transition HealthWatch Wisconsin from a project of ABC for Health, Inc. to a non-profit, 501(c)3 subsidiary of ABC for Health. In its new arrangement, HealthWatch Wisconsin, Inc. will have a new Fiscal Year that begins October 1. What a great time to have new membership begin! As its own nonprofit, HealthWatch Wisconsin, Inc. will provide you with enhanced member benefits, including more frequent educational content.
"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
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