Monday, March 30, 2015

8th Annual HealthWatch Wisconsin Conference: "R U Covered?"

Thank you for making this a success!

ABC for Health and HealthWatch Wisconsin are grateful for state policy makers, health care providers, health policy experts, and advocates who gathered to discuss public and private coverage options and strategies to help accurately guide people to health care and coverage they need and deserve. The “R U Covered” conference was a huge success! Not able to join us in Madison? Join us in Milwaukee in May!!

Here’s what people had to say about the conference:

“Congratulations on another fantastic conference!  It was great-- lots of good information and the legislative sessions and BadgerCare looking forward was really incredible.”
“Great job organizing and presenting the conference... The ‘Kevins Panel’ was terrific.”
“Great topics – hard to choose which workshop to attend!”
“Overall this was wonderful. My favorite part was hearing the Representatives talk--that was unique and beneficial.”
“The Legislative and BadgerCare discussions were AMAZING!”

Save the Date: The Building Blocks of Health Coverage

Join us for an afternoon of Medicaid and Marketplace Workshops!
Date: Thursday, May 7
Time: 12:30-4:30pm
Where: Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee
Registration will open in early April. Watch your inbox! For more information call Cassidy at (608) 261-6939 ext. 219.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Please note that A Better BadgerCare was formerly known as The Save BadgerCare Coalition.
Time to Speak Out for a Better BadgerCare!
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Are you ready to speak out for A Better BadgerCare???
To have A Better BadgerCare in Wisconsin, advocates need to speak up and ask for two things:
1) Reject Governor Walker's Proposed Changes to BadgerCare, and
2) Expand Medicaid!
Link here to view A Better BadgerCare fact sheet with more information on these two asks and visit to learn more about what's at stake for BadgerCare in the State Budget.

We're calling upon individuals and organizations to speak out now and let members of the Joint Finance Committee know what A Better BadgerCare looks like.

Link here to send a message to all members of the Joint Finance Committee asking them to 1) Reject the Governor's Changes and 2) Expand Medicaid!

Be sure to forward this email to others interesting in A Better BadgerCare and stay connected with this effort on Facebook!  You can also visit us online.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Video Case Tip: Changes in Income

We recently created a mini-series on what to do if you experience an Increase or Decrease in Income for purposes of both BadgerCare Plus and the Marketplace. In these videos ABC for Health's Rich Lavigne talks about the importance of reporting income changes and what the implications of either an income increase or decrease would be.

Click here to watch the Video Case Tip on an Income Increase.

Click here
to watch the Video Case Tip on an Income Decrease.
What problems are you seeing in your area?
Send your questions or comments in an email, and we'll create a follow-up web cast filled with the answers!
All our videos are archived in our Video Case Tip Library so you can visit them at any time.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Health Insurance Enrollment Events

Open Enrollment in Marketplace coverage ends Sunday, February 15, 2015. Due to this, many places in Wisconsin are participating in Enrollment Events throughout the next week. For a full listing of events or to find one in your area, please visit
Don't Forget: Open Enrollment in the Marketplace Ends February 15!

Open enrollment through Health Reform's Marketplace runs through this Sunday, February 15. February 15 will be the last day that consumers can get health insurance coverage through the Marketplace for 2015. After February 15, consumers can only enroll through a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) by experiencing a Qualifying Life Event.
To enroll through the Marketplace, visit The site also has a new feature where you can "window shop" for plans to see what coverage might cost based on income and age.
Qualifying Life Events include:
  • Having a baby, adopting a child, or placing a child for adoption
  • Getting married
  • Losing other health coverage (this does not include voluntarily dropping coverage)
  • Being denied or losing Medicaid or CHIP coverage
  • And more! Watch our Video Case Tip on "Qualifying Life Events"
Remember, by not purchasing insurance by February 15, you may either have a gap in coverage or be subject to a penalty for being uninsured for more than 3 months in 2015. Time is of the essence. Also--BadgerCare Plus is always open - you can apply at any time! You can start your application for BadgerCare Plus through or

Monday, February 2, 2015

Video Case Tip: BC+ Renewals for Childless Adults

In this Video Case Tip, Brynne McBride of ABC for Health discusses how renewals will look for Childless Adults who signed up for BadgerCare Plus in April of 2014.
Click here or on the picture to the right to view the Video Case Tips.

What problems are you seeing in your area?
Send your questions or comments in an email, and we'll create a follow-up web cast filled with the answers!
All our videos are archived in our Video Case Tip Library so you can visit them at any time.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I Survived Round Two!

Surgery went very well, the Doctors were able to remove almost 100% of the mucinous tumors, the organs are intact and I'm on my way to a solid recovery. However they were not able to fix the hernia, that will be for another time.

One drawback is that I woke up with diabetes and GERD. I was totally shocked about the diabetes, to be honest, it's literally been a pain, I don't enjoy stabbing myself before I can eat, it totally takes the joy out eating. Thankfully, I have an appointment with an endocrinologist, I'll need all the help I can get!

Everyday I can stand a little taller and stay awake a little longer, all good signs! I look forward to getting back into my workshop and picking up where I left off, lots to do yet before the season starts, but I'm confident, I'll be a good season as long as I'm prepared.

In a future post, I'll give you my insight on healthcare, I observed quiet a bit while at the hospital.