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Remember the Healthcare.gov Debacle? Its Legacy Haunts the Biden Plan.

March 22, 2021

New York Times

The new stimulus bill made tens of millions of Americans eligible for new health insurance subsidies. But many will have to wait to get help: It will probably take a year for the full emergency aid to reach people, because of website complications and other logistical problems.

HealthCare.gov Special Sign-Up Period Starts Monday

February 15, 2021

Wisconsin Public Radio

Monday marks the start of a special sign-up period for medical insurance purchased on HealthCare.gov in Wisconsin and 35 other states...

On cusp of Biden’s new ACA enrollment period, details of outreach strategy are scant

February 12, 2021

www.washingtonpost.com

After promising to launch a $50 million campaign to draw attention to an extra shopping period for Affordable Care Act health plans that starts Monday, the Biden administration has been slow to disclose details of its outreach strategy and is providing no assistance to community groups that coach consumers to sign up for coverage.

Enrollment now open for Affordable Care Act plans

November 16, 2020

gopresstimes.com

The number of people who signed up for health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has decreased in Brown County, but officials urge people looking for coverage to take advantage during open enrollment...

Workers Who Lost Jobs Due to COVID May Need Help Getting Coverage This Fall

November 11, 2020

KHN

Michelina Moen lost her job and health insurance in April. Only weeks earlier she had begun to feel ill and not her usual energetic self — in what she describes as a textbook case of “really bad timing.”...

WI Families Aren't Seeking Public Insurance Aid During Crisis

June 19, 2020

publicnewsservice.org

At Covering Wisconsin, navigator program manager Adam Van Spankeren says his organization's phone hasn't been ringing off the hook for enrollment help for the state's Medicaid program or insurance marketplace -- perhaps because people don't know they're eligible...

If I Don't Have Health Insurance, Can I Get A COVID-19 Test? Experts Answer Health Insurance Questions

April 10, 2020

Wisconsin Public Radio

As the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to grow, WPR's WHYsconsin has received numerous questions from Wisconsinites wondering how their health insurance is affected by the outbreak...

State residents who lose health insurance during COVID-19 may be able to enroll on HealthCare.gov, BadgerCare

April 9, 2020

LadySmith News

The governor's administration today issued guidance to Wisconsin workers who have lost their employer-based health insurance. More than 313,000 initial applications and nearly 600,000 weekly claims for unemployment have been filed in Wisconsin since March 15...

WI Families Aren't Seeking Public Insurance Aid During Crisis

publicnewsservice.org

At Covering Wisconsin, navigator program manager Adam Van Spankeren says his organization's phone hasn't been ringing off the hook for enrollment help for the state's Medicaid program or insurance marketplace -- perhaps because people don't know they're eligible...
 

If I Don't Have Health Insurance, Can I Get A COVID-19 Test? Experts Answer Health Insurance Questions

Wisconsin Public Radio

As the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to grow, WPR's WHYsconsin has received numerous questions from Wisconsinites wondering how their health insurance is affected by the outbreak...

State residents who lose health insurance during COVID-19 may be able to enroll on HealthCare.gov, BadgerCare

LadySmith News

The governor's administration today issued guidance to Wisconsin workers who have lost their employer-based health insurance. More than 313,000 initial applications and nearly 600,000 weekly claims for unemployment have been filed in Wisconsin since March 15...

COVID-19 Victimizes Uninsured, Underinsured As Infections Spread

Wisconsin Public Radio

For the 300,000 people across Wisconsin who are uninsured and the thousands more with near unaffordable insurance coverage, the COVID-19 pandemic is further highlighting flaws in a system that already had people struggling to get specialty care and hospital services...

Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace

The Morning Blend - WTMJ-TV Milwaukee

Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is now. You can shop and compare plans that fit your budget and health needs, and the deadline to sign up for 2020 coverage is December 15. Here to help you shop and compare are Jeni Appleby and Kimberly Turner, Health Insurance Navigators with Covering Wisconsin...

Open-enrollment for the ACA marketplaces has started. What you need to know, where to get help.

Journal Sentinel

The annual open-enrollment period for health plans sold directly to individuals and families began Nov. 1 — the seventh since the Affordable Care Act remade the market...

Governor Evers' Administration Works to Get More Wisconsinites Covered

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Today Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm and Covering Wisconsin announced a new partnership to get more Wisconsinites enrolled in health insurance during this year’s open enrollment period. DHS awarded Covering Wisconsin nearly $500,000 to fund additional health insurance Navigator positions throughout the state to help more Wisconsin residents get covered...

Laid off workers invited to specialized career events

Milton Courier

The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW), in partnership with the WorkSmart Network and Wisconsin Job Service, is hosting a transferable skills workshop on July 29 followed by an interview event on Aug. 22 for workers affected by retail closures, like Shopko, even if they’ve since secured employment...

New Opportunity Available for Workers Affected by Store Closures, Retail Layoffs

Middleton Times Tribune

MADISON–The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW), in partnership with the WorkSmart Network, is hosting an information session on Tuesday, May 14 aimed at connecting workers impacted

by retail closures, like Shopko, Toys “R” Us and Bon-Ton (Boston Stores), with local resources available to help them...

County site available for tax prep aid

Sun Prairie Star

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi on Feb. 11 visited The Richard Dilley Tax Center to highlight the free tax preparation help now available through the UW Extension.

The free tax assistance service is a function of Dane County’s UW Extension office, made possible in part by county government...

A federal judge in Texas has ruled President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act unconstitutional

WDJT - Milwaukee

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act "invalid" on the eve of the sign-up deadline for coverage next year.

In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled Friday that last year's tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under "Obamacare" by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage.

Supporters of the law immediately said they would appeal.

Navigator program director hopeful about enrollment nunbers

WisBusiness.com

Caroline Gomez-Tom, navigator program manager for Covering Wisconsin, is hopeful that this year's open enrollment period will see nearly as many signups as last year, despite dwindling federal funding. "At least here in Wisconsin, it's not as turbulent as we saw last year," she told WisBusiness.com...

Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Insurance Plans Ends December 15th

Carolkobyradio.com

Many people are confused about the status of the Affordable Care Act. Did it get repealed? Has it changed? “The Affordable Care Act is alive and well in Wisconsin, and not much has changed,” says Adam VanSpankeren. The essential benefits mandated in the Affordable Care Act remain in tact as do the subsidies to help people pay for their health insurance premiums based on their income. 80% of those who sign up receive a subsidy to help pay for their premium.

Cuts, economy, lack of awareness could be causing ACA enrollment lag

Wisconsin Health News

The Trump administration’s cuts to outreach, a strong economy and a lack of awareness could explain why Healthcare.gov enrollment in Wisconsin is behind where it was last year.

There were 62,150 Wisconsinites who selected plans on Healthcare.gov between Nov. 1 and Nov. 24, according to federal data released Wednesday. Last year, 78,269 selected plans by Nov. 25.

Open enrollment ends Dec. 15 for 2019 plans.

Van Spankeren Breaks Down Health Insurance Enrollment

Wisconsin Public Television

Enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges is open now through Dec. 15, and discussing the enrollment process is Adam Van Spankeren of Covering Wisconsin. He says that pre-existing condition coverage and cost are some of the issues that consumers ask about most, and that many are surprised by the low costs that can receive.

Open enrollment begins, Milwaukee leaders hold healthcare sign up event

WDJT-Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Open enrollment begins Thursday allowing people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act.

Open enrollment runs through December 15.

Milwaukee city, county and health leaders met Thursday to kick off the enrollment period. The Milwaukee Enrollment Network is providing public enrollment locations and assistance across the city throughout the next few weeks.

Nearly 40 enrollment events set: City leaders encourage you to sign up for health insurance

Fox 6 News

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeannette Kowalik came together Thursday, Nov. 1 to encourage people to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act at Healthcare.gov.

How Wisconsin’s lawsuit against Obamacare could impact you

The Daily Cardinal

As the fate of the Affordable Care Act rests in the hands of a federal court in Texas, some experts fear the law’s benefits to young people over the years could come undone.

Earlier this year, Gov. Scott Walker approved a request by Attorney General Brad Schimel to join 19 other states in a lawsuit declaring the landmark 2010 healthcare law unconstitutional.

Wisconsin Down to 1 'Navigator' Agency; Some States Will Have None

WPIR

Wisconsin will again get federal money to help people sign up for health insurance offered under the Affordable Care Act, but the grants will be a lot smaller. And three states — Iowa, Montana and New Hampshire — won’t get any funding for navigator agencies.

Health policy changes in Wisconsin ramp up as election nears

Wisconsin State Journal

With election season and health insurance enrollment overlapping this fall, recent state and federal health policy decisions — and others that might come soon — could inform voter attitudes about coverage and care...

Key ObamaCare groups in limbo as they await funding

Thehill.com

Local groups that help people sign up for ObamaCare and Medicaid have yet to hear from the Trump administration about their annual federal funding, leaving many in limbo and fearing the grants could be too small or might not come at all...

Wisconsin Obamacare helpers seek local money to offset federal funding decline

Wisconsin State Journal

After Wisconsin’s largest group helping people sign up for health insurance faced a 42 percent cut in federal funding last year, Dane County and the City of Madison contributed $107,000 to maintain local enrollment efforts. Now, Covering Wisconsin expects to get little or no federal money this year to help people find insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace...

Does The Rural-Urban Frame Help Explain Health Status?

Healthaffairs.org

A dominant narrative emerged in 2016 that focused on the concept of the forgotten rural underclass. Epidemic levels of drug use and related ills became known as “deaths of despair.” Two books released in 2016—J.D. Vance’s bestselling Hillbilly Elegy, and Katherine Cramer’s The Politics of Resentment—both focused on understanding the viewpoint of the rural dispossessed. The American Journal of Public Health committed itsOctober 2017 issue to the theme “Despair in the American Heartland? A Focus on Rural Health.”

What's Next For The Health Insurance Landscape In Wisconsin?

UW Population Health Institute

What's this item about? Many people are confused about the status of the Affordable Care Act: Did it get repealed? Are people still required to have health insurance? What about Medicaid and BadgerCare? Are recipients required to work and to submit to drug testing? Who do the various policy changes affect?What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Work Requirement Could Come For Some Medicaid Recipients

Wisconsin Public Radio

The Trump Administration has signaled that it would support states seeking to make work a requirement for some Medicaid recipients. The move is a reversal from previous administrations. So far 10 states, including Wisconsin, have sought waivers to implement the new rules. We speak with Donna Friedsam, researcher and health policy programs director at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, about the news and what it could mean in Wisconsin. 

Open-enrollment period for Obamacare health insurance ends Friday

Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

What's this item about? What makes iThe open-enrollment period for most people who buy Obamacare health insurance on their own — as opposed to getting coverage through an employer — ends Friday.t interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

All hands on deck this week for ACA navigators

WisBusiness.com

Caroline Gomez-Tom, navigator program manager for Covering Wisconsin, says it’s “all hands on deck” this week as ACA navigators try to do as much outreach as possible before the end of the enrollment period...

Obamacare sign-ups defy Trump’s sabotage campaign

Vox

At 9:30 on a Tuesday morning, Adam VanSpankeren settles into his desk at the Dane County Jobs Center. In front of him is a laptop, an open can of Coke, and a long list of people who want to sign up for Obamacare. VanSpankeren usually skips lunch to accommodate his packed schedule...

Local group helps people sign up for 2018 Healthcare Open Enrollment

WKOW Channel 27

MADISON (WKOW) - Covering Wisconsin is a Madison-based organization that is ready to assist people who need to sign up before the December 15, 2017 healthcare open enrollment deadline.

Many people are confused as to how to navigate the open enrollment process but Covering Wisconsin is here to help. As a federally-certified and state-licensed organization, the group's mission is to assist people in navigating the health insurance marketplace and sign up for options best suited for their health needs...

Journalists find difficulties in remaining neutral in health care reporting, panelists say

The Badger Herald

The Center for Journalism Ethics held a panel Wednesday to discuss the difficulties for a journalist to report on health care. The panel consisted of Vox health care reporter Sarah Kliff, University of Wisconsin associate professor in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics J. Paul Kelleher and David Wahlberg, a health care reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal...

Common Ground, Children's Community Health Plan stand to gain thousands of new customers

Journal Sentinel

Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative and Children’s Community Health Plan are on their way to becoming much bigger players in the health insurance marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act.

City, county step in to keep health insurance program running

Channel3000.com

MADISON, Wis. - The Dane County Board of Supervisors voted Thursday night to provide emergency funds to keep a program that helps vulnerable populations get health insurance...

Open Enrollment has begun, what to know

TMJ4

The first day of open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act began November 1 and ends December 15, 2017.

ACA Advocates Work To Raise Awareness Of Signup Period

WPR

This week marked the start of enrollment for those buying health insurance coverage on healthcare.gov. Last year Wisconsin had a record number of people sign up for health coverage on the Affordable Care Act marketplace.  

Free Insurance Help Available

Monroe Times

The Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics will offer area residents free assistance in signing up for health insurance in November and December. 

Green County assistance will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 and 18 and Dec. 2 at the Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave. Lafayette County assistance will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15 and Dec. 6 and 13 at the Darlington library, 131 East Catherine Street.

Agencies ready to help Obamacare enrollees

Wisconsin State Journal

Open enrollment for health insurance through Obamacare started Wednesday, and agencies are ready to help people sign up.

Public Health Madison and Dane County and United Way of Dane County are two agencies with information on how to navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace, the online system of getting insured under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Healthcare Navigator Details Healthcare in WI

Wisconsin Public Television

With the healthcare open enrollment period fast approaching, we sit down with a certified healthcare navigator with Covering Wisconsin. Adam VanSpankeren discusses changes to the enrollment process under the Trump administration and the state of healthcare coverage in Wisconsin. As premiums rise, he says, discounts may also rise to supplement the costs. “Obamacare is still here,” VanSpankeren says...

Open enrollment period begins — and, at least for now, Obamacare isn't dead

Journal Sentinel

The annual open-enrollment period for health plans sold on marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act begins Wednesday, and for people who don't get their insurance through an employer, it promises to be chaotic...

Obamacare uncertainty extends to help from 'navigators'

Gazettextra.com

People trying to understand their options for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act might find it harder to get advice,...

Amid confusion, Obamacare enrollment for 2018 starts next week

Wisconsin State Journal

With enrollment starting next week on the Affordable Care Act exchange and confusion running high because of moves to repeal the law and end insurer payments, health care experts delivered a simple message Thursday:

“Obamacare” insurance is still available — and, in many cases, affordable...

State News Roundup, WPR Centennial, Trump's Actions On Health Care

WPR

President Trump signed an executive order yesterday allowing individuals and small businesses to buy cheaper health insurance plans with fewer protections. We get the details and hear why critics say it could have negative ripple effects for the industry.  We also check in on the top Wisconsin stories of the week, including a reorganization of the University of Wisconsin System's college campuses.  An historian also stops by to look back at 100 years of Wisconsin Public Radio!

Health Care Impact in Wisconsin

Youtube

What impact does President Trump's executive order have in Wisconsin?

Latest Snag In ACA Sign-Ups: Those Who Guide Consumers Are Hitting Roadblocks

KHN: Kaiser Health News

Open enrollment is just about a month away. But the current landscape is marked by funding cuts and other White House efforts to pull back on Affordable Care Act outreach, which has led some people to brace for what they foresee as the toughest season yet...

Federal Funding for Navigator Enrollment Services Cut 42%

Open Enrollment November 1-December 15

Covering Wisconsin (CWI), the state’s largest federally‐certified and state‐licensed Navigator agency, recently received notice that its federal support for outreach and enrollment services is reduced by over 42%. This amounts to a loss of $422,763 for educating Wisconsin residents this coming year about health insurance coverage, assisting them with enrollment, and supporting their post‐enrollment needs.

Under Trump, Obamacare outreach groups face budget cuts as high as 98%

Vox.com

The Trump administration has informed government-funded Obamacare outreach groups of deep impending budget cuts next year, with some nonprofits having budgets slashed by as much as 98 percent...

Molina Healthcare Leaving Wisconsin's ACA Exchange

Wisconsin Public Radio

California-based health insurer Molina Healthcare is pulling out of Healthcare.gov in Wisconsin.

 

Molina announced Wednesday it will not be selling policies under the Affordable Care Act marketplaces in Wisconsin and Utah.

 

The decision affects 30 counties in Wisconsin and almost 29,000 people. Molina was reviewing market participation for 2018 in other states before making the decision, a press release from the company states...

Covering Wisconsin Goal: Connecting All Wisconsinites to Healthcare

WORT 89.9FM

Congress may be in recess, and the Republican Health Care bill may be stalled for the moment, but many expect that current Senate bill to be revisited and modified to fit the needs of conservative holdouts like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. At present, over 22 million people stand to lose coverage across both the Senate and House versions of the bill when compared to the status quo, which remains that Affordable Care Act.

UW-Madison healthcare expert says how Senate health bill could affect people in Wisconsin

27 WKOW

MADISON (WKOW) --- A number of medical groups are coming out against the Senate health care proposal.

Republican senators released the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" Thursday. And already groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of American Medical Colleges said they have problems with the bill. AARP is also calling on every senator to vote against it.

If approved, the senate version would have a significant affect on people in Wisconsin.

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Helping people sign up for health care

TMJ4

Signing up for health insurance is critical for everyone but it can also make you cringe. It's complicated.    

 414ward talks with Caroline Gomez-Tom at Milwaukee Enrollment Network about Obamacare vs GOP's proposed Health Care Plan. 

Scott Walker's prescience won't save his state from his party's health care bill

Wisconsin State Journal

"Republicans in Congress are struggling to pass an Obamacare replacement that — whatever its final form — is likely to leave millions more people without insurance but will also probably do two things that make Walker look like he made the right decisions back when Obamacare was being rolled out."

ACA Enrollment In Wisconsin Hits All-Time High As Repeal Efforts Continue

Wisconsin Public Radio

Federal Figures: More Than 242K Wisconsinites Have Signed Up In 2017.