Thursday, October 11, 2012



New enrollment numbers by Department of Health Services show BadgerCare Plus enrollment plummets by 16,116 since July 1

The BadgerCare Plus enrollment numbers for August and September have now been published, and they reveal a precipitous decline in enrollment for programs. According to the new data published by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), combined enrollment for BadgerCare Plus and BadgerCare Plus Core Plan is down by 16,116, statewide
These numbers reflect the first major impact of the July 1 changes to the eligibility rules for BadgerCare Plus for non-pregnant, non-disabled adults. The changes include higher monthly premiums, increased crowd-out, increased income reporting, and a more restrictive re-enrollment period (RRP) for those who are unable to keep up with their new, higher premiums. Those who have lost coverage are mostly low-income parents of children receiving BadgerCare Plus. Low-income adults without dependent children have also been affected, however, as the data shows enrollment for the BadgerCare Plus Core Plan down by nearly 2,000.
Today's enrollment numbers exemplify the latest evidence of an alarming trend of rising uninsurance for Wisconsin in recent years, now up to 10.4% according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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