WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) -- The request of a Wisconsin Senator to re-open enrollment for Obamacare has been granted.
Earlier this week, Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services asking them to allow another window of enrollment for the about 38,000 Wisconsinites that used to be covered by BadgerCare. Thursday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced they will agree to the special enrollment period.
The extra sign-up period starts immediately, and will remain open until November 2nd.
Baldwin says, “The special enrollment period is a positive step forward, and I stand ready to help my constituents who need health insurance. I hope that in the next session, we can work together to accept the federal investment in Wisconsin’s BadgerCare program and provide coverage to 87,000 more adults, save $206 million in taxpayer dollars, and create 10,000 jobs. The strength of our community depends on our public health and access to affordable health care.”
Other elected Democrats at the state and federal level are applauding the decision by the CMS. Republicans have not commented on it so far. Baldwin and other Democrats have criticized Governor Scott Walker for not accepting Medicaid expansion dollars to pay for BadgerCare saying this would have covered it and saved Wisconsin money. The Governor disagrees.