The End of Enrollment - Pulse Newsletter
Open Enrollment for 2018 is in the final stretch for individuals to sign up for insurance without a qualifying life event.Many already have!
In week six of Open Enrollment, over 1 million individuals signed up for insurance--with 36% of those individuals being new to the Marketplace.
Cumulatively, HealthCare.gov collected nearly 4.7 million applications for this enrollment period to date (November 1 - December 9), covering over 7 million individuals. In Wisconsin, 128,000 selected a plan. This pace is much faster than 2016.
Birth Cost Recovery: It's Not Child Support
On December 6, HealthWatch Wisconsin, Inc. (HWW), partnered with ABC for Health, Inc., a Wisconsin based public interest law firm, to release a new Pulse Report: Birth Cost Recovery: It's Not Child Support.
The report identified that Wisconsin is one of the very few states to require unmarried, absent parents to repay Medicaid related birth costs. In contrast to traditional child support payments, Birth Cost Recovery (BCR) repayments do not support families or children, but rather support child support offices. Most states abandoned the practice of BCR or never implemented it due to the harmful impact upon children and families.
Conference Registration Opens!
Join us in Madison for the 11th Annual HealthWatch Wisconsin Conference: March 7 & 8, 2018. We will learn from policy-makers and experts on changes to public and private insurance programs and policies, impacting access to health care coverage for children, families, and individuals.
Complete the registration form or register online. As always, we provide large discounts for current HealthWatch Wisconsin members/subscribers--you pay less than half of the regular conference fee!
Keep watch on your inbox as we release the conference theme, speakers, and workshop sessions. You can also visit our 11th Annual Conference page for more information.
Call for Nominations: Awards Nominations!
The HealthWatch Council is seeking nominees for the Annual HealthWatch Wisconsin Awards, to be delivered at our 11th Annual HealthWatch Wisconsin Conference on March 8, 2018! The Council seeks to recognize outstanding work in healthcare coverage advocacy, service, and reporting. Make your nomination by filling out the online form or fax in a paper form . But act fast! The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
Call for Nominations: Council Nominations!
HealthWatch seeks nominees to join our Advisory Council; the Council provides leadership and advice to HealthWatch Wisconsin to promote access to health care and coverage. Our aim is to achieve our goals through training, education, and collaborative partnerships. Make your nomination by filling out the online formor fax in a paper form. Again, time is limited! The deadline to make a nomination is Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
It's Not Too Late; Become a Member!
Individuals or organizations can join at any time. Encourage a coworker or friend to take advantage of state of the art communication, networking, and training designed to amplify efforts and empower those working to help connect Wisconsinites to health care and coverage.
The HealthWatch Wisconsin membership year runs October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018. We're excited to announce that HealthWatch membership includes:
Two FREE Live, in-person workshops
Comprehensive online video trainings
Publications, fact sheets, and resources
Comprehensive newsletter and discussion of current events
Substantial Discounts on the HealthWatch Annual Conference