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Regional Enrollment Networks

One of Wisconsin’s most significant strategies to assist Wisconsin residents with enrolling in the appropriate public or private health insurance coverage is through 11 Regional Enrollment Networks (RENs). The RENs are comprised of various community partners, health care providers, income maintenance consortia, managed care entities, and other key stakeholders. These RENs were developed at the local level and may be different from each other depending on the needs of the local region.  Additional information about Wisconsin's RENs is available on the Enrollment for Health (E4Health) Wisconsin website.

On November 14, 2013, Governor Walker called for a special session of the Legislature to take up Legislation that would allow individuals currently enrolled in BadgerCare Plus more time to enroll in a private health insurance plan through the federal health insurance Marketplace. As a result, the BadgerCare Plus changes that were slated to be implemented on January 1, 2014 will not take effect until April 1, 2014. 

Due to the delay in implementation of the 2014 BadgerCare Plus policy changes, the presentations and other materials available on this page are currently out-of-date.  While the policies being implemented remain the same, the implementation dates contained in presentations available on this page are not accurate.  Updated information will be available in the near future.

Letters Mailed to BadgerCare Plus Members and Individuals Regarding Health Care Options in 2014

In late September and early November, the Department of Health Services sent letters to current BadgerCare Plus members, including individuals on the Core Plan Wait list, letting them know it appears that as of January 1, 2014, they may no longer be eligible for BadgerCare Plus due to changes in state law. Learn more about the letters being sent.

The letters state that beginning January 1, 2014, there will be changes to the BadgerCare Plus program rules. However, the Governor is delaying these changes for three months to allow people who are applying for private health insurance at the Marketplace additional time because there are issues with the online Marketplace/exchange. As a result of the delay, the changes to the BadgerCare Plus program rules will be effective April 1, 2014. These changes include new program income limits for BadgerCare Plus.

The letters that were sent to members in late September and early November have not been updated at this time to reflect the new effective date of the BadgerCare Plus program rules - April 1, 2014.

Two-Day Navigator/Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Training

Any community partner, health care provider, or other stakeholder that plans to work as a Certified Application  Counselor (CAC) or Navigator with an organization that received a federal Navigator grant or an organization that is a federally designated CAC organization must complete both the state and federal training and examination requirements. You cannot serve as a CAC or use the title “CAC” without completing both the state and federal training and examination requirements.

The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance has information for Navigators/Nonnavigator Assisters/Certified Application Counselors

View the Navigator/CAC Training Presentation (PDF, 1.35 MB)

Affordable Care Act Town Hall Meetings

The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI), in partnership with the Department of Health Services, held a series of town hall meetings across Wisconsin on September 3, 2013 through October 3, 2013 to provide information about the Affordable Care Act.  View OCI's presentation (PDF, 1.35 MB)View DHS's presentation (PDF, 1.1 MB).

Creating Wisconsin's Regional Enrollment Networks

On July 16, 2013, the Department of Health Services and the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance presented a proposed model assisting Wisconsin residents with enrolling in the appropriate public or private health care coverage through RENs at the UW-Population Health Institute’s Wisconsin Health Insurance Outreach & Enrollment Summit.  View the Department's REN presentation. (PDF, 448 KB)

On August 30, 2013, Deputy Secretary Kevin Moore briefed legislative staff on the Department’s strategy for enrollment outreach. View the presentation (PDF, 1.1 MB).

Regional Enrollment Contacts

Each REN held a kick-off meeting in late August or early September. Community partners, health care providers, income maintenance consortia, managed care entities, and other key stakeholders were invited to attend the REN meeting in their area. Each meeting was hosted and facilitated by a regional host, in partnership with the Department of Health Services, Covering Kids and Families, and the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association. If you are interested in learning more about the REN in your area, please email one of the REN contacts for you area which are listed in the chart below.

Estimated Marketplace and BadgerCare Plus enrollees for January 2014-June 2015 (PDF, 61 KB).

Region Counties Contact
Bay Lake Brown, Door, Marinette, Menominee Oconto, Shawano Abigail Lading

Elizabeth Jungers

Southern Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Rock Lola Gregg

Julie Milleson

East Central Calumet, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marquette, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago

Elizabeth Jungers

Great Rivers Barron, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, Washburn Connor Neste

Michelle Larson

Capital Adams, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Juneau, Richland, Sauk Mai Houa Vue

Amy Bell

Northern: Hayward Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Wood Nichole Kunze

Tamara Feest

Northern: Marshfield Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Wood Nichole Kunze

Tamara Feest

Northern: Crandon Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Wood Nichole Kunze

Tamara Feest

Central Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Portage Mary Testin

Gail Chapman

Moraine Lakes Fond du Lac, Ozaukee, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha

Angie Moran

Western Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Trempealeau, Vernon Jamie Fawcett
WKRP Kenosha, Racine Jennifer Wigh

Sarah Fraley

Milwaukee Milwaukee Heather Dummer Combs

Sarah Fraley

Last Revised: March 31, 2014