Section 1115 BadgerCare Reform Demonstration Waiver

On October 31, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Department of Health Services (DHS) section 1115 BadgerCare Reform demonstration waiver amendment.

Below is information on the history, timeline, and submission of the Section 1115 BadgerCare Reform Demonstration Waiver.

Waiver Approval

October 31, 2018: Wisconsin received approval for the Section 1115 BadgerCare Reform Demonstration Waiver.

Documents

Copies of waiver documents are posted below for you to download at no charge:

Wisconsin Works for Everyone: DHS Reforms BadgerCare Plus for Childless Adults

You can also request copies of the waiver documents by contacting:

Division of Medicaid Services
PO Box 309
Madison, WI 53707-0309
Phone: 608-267-6848
Fax: 608-266-3205

Waiver Extension

DHS added a request to extend the current Section 1115 BadgerCare Reform Demonstration Waiver. The current waiver expires December 31, 2018, and per CMS regulations, DHS must submit an extension request one year in advance of the waiver expiration. This request does not change the waiver amendment application DHS submitted to CMS on June 7, 2017.

Timeline

  • January 19, 2018: CMS letter of completeness
  • January 12, 2018: Updated waiver extension application submitted to CMS
  • January 11, 2018: Tribal consultation
  • December 29, 2017: Waiver extension application submitted to CMS
  • December 7, 2017: Public hearing in Green Bay
  • December 5, 2017-January 5, 2018: Public comment period
  • December 5, 2017:
    • Draft waiver extension application published
    • Public hearing in Janesville
  • November 20, 2017: Public notice published

DHS Requesting Five-Year Extension for BadgerCare Reform Demonstration Waiver

  • October 30, 2017: Notification to tribes

Documents

Copies of documents are posted below for you to download at no charge.

You can also request copies of the waiver documents by contacting:

Division of Medicaid Services
PO Box 309
Madison, WI 53707-0309
Phone: 608-267-6848
Fax: 608-266-3205

Public Hearings and Comments

Two public hearings were held to solicit input for the waiver extension:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Pontiac Convention Center
Janesville
Watch the live webcast.

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Brown County Central Library
Green Bay, WI 54301
Watch the live webcast.

In addition, written comments were accepted from December 5, 2017–January 5, 2018.

Waiver Submission

The Section 1115 BadgerCare Reform Demonstration waiver was submitted to CMS on June 7, 2017. More information about the waiver can be found below.

Timeline

Milestone dates of the Section 1115 BadgerCare Reform Demonstration Waiver Amendment:

Wisconsin Works for Everyone: DHS Submits Application to Reform BadgerCare Plus for Childless Adults

  • May 1, 2017: Tribal consultation; public hearing in Milwaukee
  • April 26, 2017: Public hearing in Wausau
  • April 19, 2017 – May 19, 2017: Public comment period
  • April 19, 2017: Draft waiver amendment application published

Rewarding Work: DHS Releases Governor Walker's Plan to Reform Health Care Benefit for Childless Adults

  • April 17, 2017: Public notice published
  • March 27, 2017: Notification to tribes

Documents

Copies of waiver documents are posted below for you to download at no charge:

Section 7.2 Summary of Public Comments and Wisconsin DHS Response (pages 25-33 of the final application) (PDF)

You can also request copies of the waiver documents by contacting:

Division of Medicaid Services
PO Box 309
Madison, WI 53707-0309
Phone: 608-267-6848
Fax: 608-266-3205

Public Hearing and Comments

Two public hearings were held to solicit input on the BadgerCare Reform Demonstration Waiver Amendment:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Northcentral Technical College
Wausau, WI
Notice of Public Hearing
Watch a recording of the live webcast.

Monday, May 1, 2017
Milwaukee Center for Independence
Milwaukee, WI
Notice of Public Hearing
Watch a recording of the live webcast.

In addition, written comments were accepted from April 19–May 19, 2017.

Last Revised: February 26, 2019