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On April 1, 2014, changes will be made to the BadgerCare Plus program that
include the adoption of new income limits and one benefit plan for all members.
These changes were made because Wisconsin residents now have new options for
purchasing affordable private health insurance through the federal Health
Insurance Marketplace, also known as the Exchange.
Originally, these BadgerCare Plus policy changes were going to take effect on
January 1, 2014; however, they will now take effect on April 1, 2014. The
changes were delayed to allow Wisconsin residents more time to purchase private
health insurance through the Marketplace due to technical problems with the
There are new health care options available to you. You may be able to enroll
in BadgerCare Plus, or buy private health insurance through the federal Health
- If your household income is above 100% of the Federal Poverty Level
(FPL), you should contact the new federal Marketplace to buy private health
insurance. For a single person in 2013, 100% FPL means you have monthly
household income of $958. For a family of two, it means you have monthly
household income of $1,293.
- The Marketplace offers a variety of health insurance plan options and
allows you to choose the one that is best for you and your family. You can
apply through the Marketplace at
healthcare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596.
To have coverage for January 1, 2014, you must apply through the Marketplace
no later than December 23, 2013, and pay your premium on time.
- The Marketplace offers help paying for health insurance in the form of
advance premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions. You will find out
if you are eligible for this help when you apply.
- If your income is at or below 100% FPL, you may be able to enroll in
BadgerCare Plus as of April 1, 2014. You can apply for BadgerCare Plus online at
access.wi.gov, or through your agency. To find your agency,
Note: FPL limits are subject to change.
current amounts, go to:
Basic Plan Service Covered
Through March 31, 2013.
November 29, 2013