Department of Health Services Gathering Feedback on Progress of BadgerCare Reform Demonstration Project Waiver
The Department is gathering feedback on the progress of the BadgerCare Reform Demonstration Project Waiver. The Department held a public forum about the waiver in Milwaukee on July 10, 2014 and will be collecting written comments from the public until August 10, 2014. View more information about how to provide written comments on the waiver.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services received approval for a new five-year Section 1115 Demonstration Project Waiver, the BadgerCare Reform Waiver. The new waiver became effective January 1, 2014 and goes through December 31, 2018.
The waiver allows Wisconsin to provide health care coverage through BadgerCare Plus to all childless adults between ages 19 and 64 and who have incomes that do not exceed 100% of the federal poverty level (FPL).
Through the BadgerCare Reform waiver, Wisconsin provides full Medicaid benefits through the Standard Plan, including enhanced mental health benefits, substance abuse treatment and prevention benefits, to all adults in poverty who are enrolled in Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus. Previously, this level of coverage had not been available to childless adults.
On April 1, 2014, the new BadgerCare Reform Waiver began allowing Wisconsin to provide BadgerCare Plus health care coverage to individuals who:
- Are between ages 19 and 64 years old,
- Are not otherwise eligible for BadgerCare Plus for Families or Medicaid,
- Are not entitled to Medicare,
- Meet all Medicaid non-financial requirements like citizenship and identity, SSN, etc., and
- Have a gross income, calculated using the federally-mandated Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) methodology, that does not exceed 100% of the FPL before application of a 5% disregard.
The waiver also implemented the following changes to BadgerCare Plus:
Provides all BadgerCare Plus members with Standard Plan benefits,
Eliminates the BadgerCare Plus Core Plan,
Removes the current enrollment cap for childless adults under 100% FPL, and
Requires all parents and caretaker relatives who qualify for transitional medical assistance (TMA) to pay a monthly premium. TMA adults with incomes above 133% FPL will be required to pay a monthly premium once they qualify for TMA and adults with incomes from 100% FPL to 133% FPL will begin paying monthly premiums after the first six months of TMA coverage.
BadgerCare Reform Waiver Public Forum
The Department held a public forum to solicit and gather feedback on the progress of the Demonstration Project on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Milwaukee. Written comments on the waiver can be sent by fax, e-mail, or U.S. mail to the Department. Comments are due no later than August 10, 2014.
Division of Health Care Access And Accountability
P.O. Box 309
Madison, WI 53707-0309
June 10, 2014: View the public notice about the BadgerCare Reform Waiver Public Forum
July 21, 2014: View the BadgerCare Reform Waiver Public Forum presentation and listen to the audio recording
July 21, 2014: View the BadgerCare Reform Waiver Public Forum handouts
Through the BadgerCare Reform Waiver, Wisconsin is providing full Medicaid benefits through the Standard Plan, which includes enhanced mental health benefits, substance abuse treatment and prevention benefits, to all adults in poverty who are enrolled in Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus. Previously, this level of coverage had not been available to adults ages 19-64 with no dependent children.
Public comments will be considered to evaluate the progress of the Demonstration Project. A summary of the comments received will be included in the Department's quarterly report to CMS, and will be available on this webpage.
January 2014: View the Department's Letter Accepting CMS' BadgerCare Reform Waiver Agreement (PDF, 160 KB)
December 2013: View the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) BadgerCare Reform Waiver Approval Letter (PDF, 44 KB)
December 2013: View the BadgerCare Reform Waiver Special Terms and Conditions (PDF, 607 KB)
December 2013: View the BadgerCare Reform Waiver Expenditure Authority (PDF, 115 KB)
December 2013: View the BadgerCare Reform Waiver Authority List (PDF, 8 KB)
July 2013: View the public notice about the BadgerCare Plus Demonstration Project Waiver. (PDF, 339 KB)
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