77,000 Lose State Health Coverage, Are Mailed Paper Applications

by Sterling Beard

Roughly 77,000 people in Wisconsin will lose their publicly provided health insurance, a form of state-run Medicaid, at the beginning of next year, but haven’t been able to buy health insurance on the federal exchange. The state’s current solution: Mail them paper applications.

As Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports, some enrollees in BadgerCare, the state’s insurance program for low-income Wisconsinites, are being moved off the program because they’re now eligible for subsidies on the federal exchange. The state is declining the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, which would have covered some of the former BadgerCare recipients.

This is the ninth letter the state has sent out to affected residents and the first to include a copy of an application for the federal marketplace.

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