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Update Newsletter: The Healthcare Twilight Zone - 5.18.17


New: 5/18 HWW Update Newsletter



On May 16, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued what they call a “checklist” to states on how to seek waivers from requirements existing under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In its press release, CMS writes, “The new tool is intended to help states complete waiver applications that allow them to establish high-risk pools/ state-operated reinsurance programs. Section 1332 waivers, generally can be used by states to opt-out of some mandated provisions under ACA.”



New: 5/18 HWW Update Newsletter



And just as the final rule promulgated by CMS last month, which shortens open enrollment periods, restricts special enrollment period eligibility, and changes actuarial values and network adequacy policies, this, too, was done in the name of “market stabilization.”


CMS Administrator Seema Verma says, “State initiated waivers that implement high-risk pool/ state-operated reinsurance programs will help lower premiums, stabilize the health insurance exchange, and meet the unique needs of each state.” The CMS press release again points to Alaska as the state they believe others should emulate.


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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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