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 design of this initial letter was to be a red flag for individuals, that them or someone in their household might be transitioning off. It’s a call to action to say, ‘Look at Healthcare.gov, it’s the federal website, to look at your options on Oct. 1,’” said Brett Davis, Wisconsin Medicaid director.
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.
Leaders from around Wisconsin counties have passed a resolution asking Walker to accept the federal money.