UPDATE: Enrollment forms mailed to those losing Medicaid

UPDATED Monday, November 11, 2013 --- 10:18 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- The state is mailing paper health insurance applications to an estimated 77,000 people slated to lose Medicaid coverage in January but are having trouble accessing the federal online marketplace.

Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports Monday that the move comes amid growing pressure from health care advocates and county officials who are calling on Gov. Scott Walker to take action as the Dec. 15 deadline for enrolling in coverage through the marketplace approaches.

Those being kicked off of Badgercare Medicaid coverage and who don't enroll for a new plan through the exchange by Dec. 15 won't have coverage in January.

Walker decided only to allow people earning at or below the federal poverty level to remain on Badgercare, rejecting federal money to cover those earning up to 138 percent of poverty.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Monday, September 23, 2013 --- 8:42 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Roughly 92,000 people on Wisconsin's BadgerCare program will begin receiving letters this week from the state notifying them that their coverage is ending.

The letters set to begin being mailed Monday also notify Medicaid recipients that they need to purchase health insurance through the new online exchange, or marketplace, which is open for enrollment starting Oct. 1.

The letter tells those losing coverage they must apply for insurance through the marketplace by Dec. 15.

Those losing BadgerCare Medicaid coverage under Gov. Scott Walker's budget are those who earn between 100 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Walker rejected federal money that would have paid to keep those earning up to 138 percent of poverty enrolled in Medicaid.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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