Wis. Medicaid Recipients Losing Coverage to Get Letter

Posted at: 09/23/2013 10:08 AM | Updated at: 09/23/2013 10:11 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Roughly 92,000 people on Wisconsin's BadgerCare program will begin receiving letters this week from the state notifying them that their coverage is ending.

The letters set to begin being mailed Monday also notify Medicaid recipients that they need to purchase health insurance through the new online exchange, or marketplace, which is open for enrollment starting Oct. 1.

The letter tells those losing coverage they must apply for insurance through the marketplace by Dec. 15.

Those losing BadgerCare Medicaid coverage under Gov. Scott Walker's budget are those who earn between 100 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Walker rejected federal money that would have paid to keep those earning up to 138 percent of poverty enrolled in Medicaid.

Baldwin criticizes Walker Medicaid notice

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is criticizing Gov. Walker's letter.  Baldwin says in a letter to Walker that he must do more to communicate with those who are losing Medicaid coverage and must now purchase insurance through the new marketplace, or exchange.

She is calling on Walker to send an individualized, personal letter to anyone at risk of losing coverage. Baldwin also says Walker's administration should also make phone calls and partner with other groups to work with those affected.

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