BadgerCare suspends enrollment FridayDepartment of Health Services to keep waiting list of would-be applicants
Department of Health Services to keep waiting list of would-be applicants
Gov. Jim Doyle today announced the state is approaching the maximum number of enrollees for the new BadgerCare Plus Core Plan for adults without dependent children and will suspend enrollment at noon Friday.
Everyone who applies after noon will be added to a waiting list. The Department of Health Services began taking applications for the plan June 15.
“The fact that we have to implement a waiting list is not surprising – the fact that we have to apply the waiting list three months after taking the first application is,” Doyle said. “Since we began taking applications we have received 500 to 600 applications each day and more than half of these individuals have no income whatsoever. I can think of no clearer demonstration of the need for national health care reform. Despite the tremendous work we have done here in Wisconsin, BadgerCare Plus, and state plans like it, are merely bridges to get us to national health reform.”
Doyle also directed the department to design a proposal to offer some basic level of coverage for those on the Core Plan waiting list. The plan would be self-funded and not include any taxpayer funding, but would offer some form of coverage while individuals waited to be enrolled in the Core Plan.
According to Medicaid rules, the Core Plan must be budget neutral, which means that there is a set amount of money that can be spent on the program. The state estimates that the program can afford to cover approximately 54,000 individuals and nearly 60,000 applications have been received so far.
Because of the high demand expected in the remaining days of enrollment, the state is strongly encouraging individuals who have yet to apply to do so online at www.badgercareplus.org.