Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) administers the Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Program. In some circumstances, the DHS will enroll a BadgerCare Plus family in an employer sponsored family health plan offered by the employer of a BadgerCare Plus family member. This is called the Health Insurance Premium Payment program or HIPP.
HIPP will pay the family’s monthly premium, coinsurance and deductibles associated with the family health plan and any BadgerCare Plus covered services not covered by the family health plan through BadgerCare Plus fee for service.
BadgerCare Plus families are required to pay a small copayment for services received as fee for service, unless the family member is:
BadgerCare Plus families eligible for the HIPP program will be enrolled if all of the following conditions are met:
When families apply for BadgerCare Plus at their local county/tribal agency, they will be sent an Employer Verification of Health Insurance form that requests information regarding employer-sponsored health insurance. It is the employed family member’s responsibility to take the form to their employer and ask the employer to complete and sign the form.
The Employer Verification of Health Insurance form must be returned before BadgerCare Plus eligibility can be determined.
State process to determine HIPP eligibility
If the employer reports that the family does not have access to health insurance, the family will begin the BadgerCare Plus HMO enrollment process (if the family is in a BadgerCare Plus HMO service area), while receiving fee-for-service coverage.
If the employer reports that the family has access to health insurance for which the employer pays less then 80%, the DHS will send a HIPP Employer Verification of Health Insurance Coverage form to the employer(s). This form is used to gather additional information about the type of employer-sponsored health plan offered, the cost of the plan and employer’s share of the premium.
If the employer indicates that the family has access to health insurance the BadgerCare Plus family will be placed in BadgerCare Plus fee-for-service coverage while the HIPP process proceeds. The BadgerCare Plus HMO process is put on hold until the DHS does the necessary research and follow-up to decide whether the BadgerCare Plus family should be enrolled in HIPP.
DHS will determine if the family is eligible for the HIPP program as follows:
If Eligible for the HIPP Program
The state will inform the BadgerCare Plus family that they are eligible for the HIPP program and that the state will pay the employee’s share of the employer-sponsored health insurance premium.
BadgerCare Plus families will be enrolled in the employer-sponsored health insurance plan as soon as possible. State law allows a HIPP eligible BadgerCare Plus family to be enrolled in employer-sponsored health insurance without waiting until the next open enrollment period.
If the employer offers two or more cost-effective health insurance plans, the family will be asked to choose the health insurance plan they prefer. State staff will provide information to assist the family in choosing a health plan.
If a BadgerCare Plus family is enrolled in an employer-sponsored health plan, BadgerCare Plus will pay for any BadgerCare Plus covered services not covered under the employer-sponsored health plan.
Note: Enrollment in HIPP is voluntary. BadgerCare Plus families will not be denied BadgerCare Plus coverage, if they choose not to enroll in HIPP.
Paying the Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Premium
The state will work with the employed family member and the employer to set up the most convenient way to pay the employee’s share of the employer-sponsored health insurance premium. The options are:
For more information
Information provided in this document is general. For more detailed information on BadgerCare Plus or the Health Insurance Premium Payment Program:
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Last Revised: April 02, 2012