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This came from HealthCare.gov, which is an excellent source of accurate information on the ACA and its implementation. FYI
The “Marketplace” is the new state health insurance exchanges. John
Health Insurance Marketplace
When key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, there’ll be a new way for individuals, families and small businesses to get health insurance.
Whether you’re uninsured, or just want to explore new options, the Marketplace will give you more choice and control over your health insurance options.
About the Marketplace
The Marketplace is designed to help you find health insurance that fits your budget, with less hassle.
Get Ready to Enroll
Learn what you can do now to get ready for Marketplace enrollment in October 2013. [October 1 is the beginnning of the federal fiscal year. JS]
Get a Break on Costs
More people than ever will qualify for free or low cost health insurance in 2014. In the meantime, you or your child may be able to get help with costs NOW.
The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) is designed to help you find health insurance that fits your small business with less hassle.
Thanks for your continuing interest in information and updates on the Affordable Care Act on HealthCare.gov. You might have noticed some changes to our site this week, including new information about the Health Insurance Marketplace. October 1 is fast approaching, and with that date comes the beginning of Open Enrollment for the Marketplace, a new way for consumers to find and buy health insurance.
Along with changes to the website, we also will be changing the focus of emails and texts that you get from this listserv to alerts that consumers need about the Health Insurance Marketplace. If you’re looking for insurance for yourself, your family and/or your small business, these updates will be a great resource to help find health insurance that fits your budget, with less hassle.
We also invite you to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter – these new channels will offer even more consumer friendly news and updates about the Health Insurance Marketplace.
John Scepanski commented 5 months ago · Flag
Am I the only one to whom this does not make sense? The Wisconsin State Journal reported on Saturday, September 29th,
“Wisconsin’s projected Medicaid deficit has shrunk by nearly $337 million, state health officials said Friday.
“Department of Health Services officials estimated in June the Medicaid program would face a $372.3 million deficit in the coming year. DHS Secretary Dennis Smith said in a letter to the leaders of the Legislature’s finance committee Friday that the agency now projects the shortfall will be $35.5 million.
“Smith attributed the decrease to $27 million the state received from the federal government for retroactive service claims. He also noted that fewer people than anticipated have joined the state’s Family Care program since the Legislature lifted an enrollment cap in April. The Family Care program is designed to keep disabled and elderly people out of costly nursing homes.
“Smith pointed to changes to the BadgerCare Plus program that included higher premiums for some participants and making people ineligible if they have access to affordable health insurance through their employers. BadgerCare Plus provides health insurance for poor children, pregnant women and poor adults.
“The number of people receiving full Medicaid benefits dropped by 7,112 from January 2011 to August 2012, Smith added. The state is still dealing with a record full-benefits caseload of about 1.01 million people, though, he said.”
Was this estimate really off by $336.8 between June and September? Do the explanations add up — that the “savings” can be accounted for by a pittance received from the federal government, fewer people signing up for the Family Care program, higher premiums charged to some users, and a change in an eligibility requirement?
Is there something missing from this article? Am I not getting something? Did somebody somewhere cook some books? Is something fishy?