Important Information for Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus Members Regarding Anthem Data Breach
The insurance company, Anthem, announced February 4, 2015, that its database had been hacked, exposing personal data on as many as 80 million records for current and former members and employees. This security breach may affect some Wisconsin Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus members. For more information, members should access a letter from the president and CEO of Anthem and a list of frequently asked questions.
Members should also be aware of email scams that are targeting current and former members. These scams are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem, and the email includes a link for credit monitoring. These emails are not from Anthem and members should delete them without opening the email. For more information on steps members can take, refer to this guidance from Anthem.
For any questions related to this incident, members are encouraged to call 1-877-263-7995.
Wisconsin's ForwardHealth Medicaid plans for the elderly, blind or disabled provide health care for those who are:
- Age 65 or older, blind or disabled,
- With family income at or below the monthly program limit, and
- Who are United States citizens or legal immigrants.
The type of Medicaid plan you may be eligible for depends on your income, assets, and type of care you need.
Community Waivers help elderly, blind or disabled people live in their own homes or in the community, rather than a state institution or a nursing home.
Emergency Services Plan only covers medical services needed for the treatment of an emergency medical condition for documented and undocumented non-citizens.
Family Care is a long term care program for groups who are elderly, people with physical disabilities or with developmental disabilities.
Medicaid Deductible plan can help if you have high medical bills and your income is over the Medicaid program income limits.
Medicaid Purchase Plan provides health care for people with disabilities who work.
Medicare Savings Programs (also called Medicare Premium Assistance) can help some people pay their Medicare Part A and B premiums, coinsurance and deductibles.
Tuberculosis (TB) Related Services help people who need treatment for tuberculosis.
Well Woman Medicaid Plan helps women who have been diagnosed with and are in need of treatment for breast and cervical cancer.
Current income limits for ForwardHealth elderly, blind or disabled and long-term care plans.
Estate Recovery Program
The Estate Recovery Program provides information about which members and programs are affected, how the recovery of an estate is made in order to collect repayment for certain services, and situations where repayment may not be recovered from an estate.
Find Help in Your Area
- Medicaid contacts.
- Call Member Services at 1-800-362-3002 to contact a Disability Benefit Specialist or Elder Benefit Specialist at your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or County Aging Office.
Other Health Care Programs
If you are not elderly, blind or disabled, and you are in need of health care coverage, you may be able to enroll in a BadgerCare Plus, including Family Planning Only Services and BadgerCare Plus Prenatal Services. For more information call Member Services at 1-800-362-3002.
To see what programs you may be able to enroll in, visit ACCESS.wi.gov and click on "Am I Eligible?" or go directly to "Apply for Benefits".