BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid renewals are back, which means all members will need to renew their benefits with the state between June 2023-July 2024. Members should renew within 45 days of their renewal date. Free help from Covering Wisconsin is available now to guide you through the renewal process. Covering Wisconsin is an Extension program with a statewide network of health insurance navigators and enrollment assisters that provide free, local help with finding and using affordable health insurance, renewals, and financial help like community care.
“The first step, right now,” says Kirk, a navigator at Covering Wisconsin, “is to find out your renewal date. And double check the year. You can find the date in the MyACCESS app or in the letter that the Department of Health Services sent out in March. Some people have dates well into next year. Once you have the date, you can plan your next steps.”
Renew your benefits starting 45 days before your renewal date. Don’t renew early! If you renew too soon, you could lose your benefits early if you no longer qualify. Members stay insured until their renewal date. Check out this handy How-to sheet with step-by-step instructions for renewal process and what to do if you can’t renew.
If you no longer qualify for BadgerCare Plus or Medicaid, you may have other options that a navigator can help you find.
“There are many options out there, most people just don’t know about them. For instance, navigators can help you find financial help if you have insurance and your deductible is too high,” says Colleen, a Covering Wisconsin navigator.
What to know
- Everyone needs to know their renewal date so they can renew benefits during their 45-day renewal window
- Free help is available from federally and state certified Health Insurance Navigators
- Find your renewal date in the My ACCESS App or at access.wi.gov
- Double check the year and don’t renew early!
- There are other options if you no longer qualify
Getting and keeping health insurance isn’t simple, especially if you don’t have insurance from your job. Act before your renewal date to keep your insurance going and avoid a gap in your coverage.
Covering Wisconsin is here to provide free, impartial health insurance help. Get help and stay insured.
Ways to get local help:
• Call (877) 942-6837
• Chat online
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