(Editor’s Note: Please pass this along to anyone you think may be getting a letter from Gov. Scotty telling them they are being kicked off BadgerCare. — Mark L. Taylor)
Prepared by Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. September 2013
What should you know if you get a letter telling you that your BadgerCare
Plus or Core benefits may be ending?
You may soon get a letter telling you that your BadgerCare eligibility may
end at the end of December because of your income. The letter also tells
you to apply for health insurance through the Health Insurance
If you receive this letter, here’s what you need to know –
• You may still be eligible for BadgerCare in 2014 because the income
counting rules are changing. BadgerCare will not start using the new rules
until January 2014.
• The Health Insurance Marketplace will use the new income counting rules
beginning October 1, 2013. If you apply for insurance through the
Marketplace anytime after October 1, 2013, the Marketplace will use the
new rules to decide whether you can keep your BadgerCare in 2014.
• If the Marketplace decides that you will still be eligible for
BadgerCare in 2014, BadgerCare will accept that decision and you will keep
your BadgerCare. You will get a letter from BadgerCare telling you that
you are still eligible in 2014.
• If the Marketplace decides that you are not eligible for BadgerCare you
will need to enroll in insurance through the Marketplace. The Marketplace
will help you enroll. The federal government will pay part of your
premium. Most people who are now on BadgerCare will also be eligible for
limits on co-pays and deductibles.
Here’s what you should do -
• Because marketplace will apply the new income rules beginning October 1
but BadgerCare will not, the best way to tell whether you will still be
eligible for BadgerCare in 2014 is to apply through the Health Insurance
Marketplace. It is also called the Federally Facilitated Marketplace or
the Exchange. Apply as soon as you can, beginning October 1, 2013.
• To find out how to apply for health insurance, including BadgerCare and
Medical Assistance through the Marketplace, and how you can get help
paying for insurance, and limit your co-pays and deductibles, go to:
Or call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)