Because of Governor Walker’s decision to needlessly force 63,000 people off BadgerCare, as many as 38,000 have fallen into a coverage gap for the remainder of 2014 at least. These Wisconsin residents are ineligible for BadgerCare and cannot enroll in Federal marketplace plans until January 1 at the earliest.
So far Governor Walker has refused to develop any response to this self-inflicted coverage crisis, despite repeated requests from Senator Tammy Baldwin and Wisconsin health advocates.
In the face of Gov. Walker’s inaction, Senator Baldwin sent a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asking that they immediately grant a special enrollment period for these Wisconsinites who have lost their coverage.
“The coverage gap opened by Governor Walker is a public health disaster which requires immediate action,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “A special enrollment period would be a common sense step towards guaranteeing that everyone in Wisconsin has access to affordable health coverage, no matter what.”
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