Citizen Action Urges Special Enrollment Period for 38,000 Wisconsinites Forced into Coverage Gap

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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