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What Wisconsin's BadgerCare Medicaid Program means for you

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EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin (WQOW) - Wisconsin's new budget is reforming the state's Medicaid program. The new BadgerCare Plus Health Insurance Program is set to debut in January 2014. The proposed program won't affect anyone below 100-percent of the federal poverty level. But those currently enrolled and above that cut-off will be notified in September that they've been removed.

That means they'll have to shop for insurance on the Health Exchange Marketplace and pay a premium based on their income. The Department of Health Services is also educating community partners about how to handle the transition.

"Working with community partners and providers and hospitals on helping them learn about these changes and how they can help folks in the community access these different healthcare plans," explains Claire Smith a Spokesperson for Wisconsin D.H.S.

To give you an idea of how the federal poverty level breaks down, those at 100-percent of the level who don't have children need to make less than $960 per month. For a family of four that number needs to fall below $2,000 per month.  

The BadgerCare Plus Plan still needs federal approval.

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