Health Care

Get Covered: The Special Enrollment Period

If you are one of the Wisconsinites who lost BadgerCare Plus coverage and have not purchased private health insurance coverage, you are eligible to enroll in 2014 coverage in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace during the special enrollment period.

Following a letter sent by Senator Baldwin, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services granted a special enrollment period in the Affordable Care Act’s federal Health Insurance  Marketplace for the Wisconsinites who lost their BadgerCare Plus coverage on April 1, 2014 as a result of Governor Walker’s plan.

Call the federal Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596 or TTY 1-855-889-4325 to enroll during the special enrollment period.

The special enrollment period for the individuals removed from BadgerCare Plus began September 4th and runs for 60 days until November 2nd, 2014.

What to know about 2015 Open Enrollment

  • The 2015 Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage is November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015.
  • If you haven’t enrolled in coverage by February 15, 2015, you generally can’t buy Marketplace health coverage for 2015 until the next Open Enrollment period for coverage the following year.
  • If you don’t have health coverage during 2015, you may have to pay a penalty.

Medicaid & CHIP enrollment

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are combined state-federal programs for people with limited incomes.

You can apply for Medicaid or CHIP coverage at any time. If you qualify for Medicaid or CHIP, your coverage can begin immediately.

Enrollment for small businesses

Employers generally can start offering health insurance coverage to their employees at any time during the year - whether you buy coverage through the SHOP Marketplace, an agent or broker, or directly from an insurance company.

Learn more about SHOP coverage for businesses with 50 or fewer employees.


Have questions? Get answers.

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Talk to someone 24/7 by calling 1-800-318-2596. You can also find local help to get your questions answered and the support you need.


Better options, better value, better health, and a stronger Medicare program

Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, health care reforms have already made an empowering impact on the lives of many Wisconsinites - providing better options, better value, better health and a stronger Medicare program for the people of this state.

Find out more about what the Affordable Care Act means for you:



How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of Wisconsin

“Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, health care reforms have already made an empowering impact on the lives of many Wisconsinites who are today getting better value for their dollars. As a result of moving America’s new health care law forward, Wisconsinites now have health security through their new benefits, protections against discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, and a stronger Medicare program that includes free preventive care and lower out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs.

Our state has a proud tradition of advancing health care reforms and I am committed to making sure that America’s new health care law works for Wisconsin and working across party lines to make it better. Wisconsin has always taken the path of leadership in advancing health care reforms that serve as models for the rest of the country. It’s time to seize the opportunity to take that path once again. It’s time to move health care reform forward and put progress for Wisconsin ahead of politics.”

--- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin


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