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Topic #785

BadgerCare Expansion for Certain Pregnant Women

As a result of 2005 Wisconsin Act 25, the 2005-07 biennial budget, BadgerCare has expanded coverage to the following individuals:

  • Pregnant non-U.S. citizens who are not qualified aliens but meet other eligibility criteria for BadgerCare.
  • Pregnant individuals detained by legal process who meet other eligibility criteria for BadgerCare.

The BadgerCare Expansion for Certain Pregnant Women is designed to provide better birth outcomes.

Women are eligible for all covered services from the first of the month in which their pregnancy is verified or the first of the month in which the application for BadgerCare Plus is filed, whichever is later. Members are enrolled through the last day of the month in which they deliver or the pregnancy ends. Postpartum care is reimbursable only if provided as part of global obstetric care. Even though enrollment is based on pregnancy, these women are eligible for all covered services. (They are not limited to pregnancy-related services.)

These women are not presumptively eligible. Providers should refer them to the appropriate county/tribal social or human services agency where they can apply for this coverage.

Fee-for-Service

Pregnant non-U.S. citizens who are not qualified aliens and pregnant individuals detained by legal process receive care only on a fee-for-service basis. Providers are required to follow all program requirements (e.g., claims submission procedures, PA requirements) when providing services to these women.

Emergency Services for Non-U.S. Citizens

When BadgerCare Plus enrollment ends for pregnant non-U.S. citizens who are not qualified aliens, they receive coverage for emergency services. These women receive emergency coverage for 60 days after the pregnancy ends; this coverage continues through the end of the month in which the 60th day falls (e.g., a woman who delivers on June 20, 2006, would be enrolled through the end of August 2006).

Topic #225

BadgerCare Plus

Populations Eligible for BadgerCare Plus

The following populations are eligible for BadgerCare Plus:

  • Parents and caretakers with incomes at or below 100 percent of the FPL.
  • Pregnant women with incomes at or below 300 percent of the FPL.
  • Children (ages 18 and younger) with household incomes at or below 300 percent of the FPL.
  • Childless adults with incomes at or below 100 percent of the FPL.
  • Transitional medical assistance individuals, also known as members on extensions, with incomes over 100 percent of the FPL.

Where available, BadgerCare Plus members are enrolled in BadgerCare Plus HMOs. In those areas of Wisconsin where HMOs are not available, services will be reimbursed on a fee-for-service basis.

Premiums

The following members are required to pay premiums to be enrolled in Badgercare Plus:

  • Transitional medical assistance individuals with incomes over 133 percent of the FPL. Transitional medical assistance individuals with incomes between 100 and 133 percent FPL are exempt from premiums for the first six months of their eligibility period.
  • Children (ages 18 and younger) with household incomes greater than 200 percent with the following exceptions:
    • Children under age 1 year.
    • Children who are tribal members or otherwise eligible to receive Indian Health Services.
Topic #16677

BadgerCare Plus Benefit Plan Changes

Effective April 1, 2014, all members eligible for BadgerCare Plus were enrolled in the BadgerCare Plus Standard Plan. As a result of this change, the following benefit plans were discontinued:

  • BadgerCare Plus Benchmark Plan.
  • BadgerCare Plus Core Plan.
  • BadgerCare Plus Basic Plan.

Members who are enrolled in the Benchmark Plan or the Core Plan who met new income limits for BadgerCare Plus eligibility were automatically transitioned into the BadgerCare Plus Standard Plan on April 1, 2014. In addition, the last day of BadgerRx Gold program coverage for all existing members was March 31, 2014.

Providers should refer to the March 2014 Online Handbook archive of the appropriate service area for policy information pertaining to these discontinued benefit plans.

Topic #230

Express Enrollment for Children and Pregnant Women

The EE for Pregnant Women Benefit is a limited benefit category that allows a pregnant woman to receive immediate pregnancy-related outpatient services while her application for full-benefit BadgerCare Plus is processed. Enrollment is not restricted based on the member's other health insurance coverage. Therefore, a pregnant woman who has other health insurance may be enrolled in the benefit.

The EE for Children Benefit allows certain members through 18 years of age to receive BadgerCare Plus benefits under the BadgerCare Plus Standard Plan while an application for BadgerCare Plus is processed.

Fee-for-Service

Women and children who are temporarily enrolled in BadgerCare Plus through the EE process are not eligible for enrollment in an HMO until they are determined eligible for full benefit BadgerCare Plus by the county/tribal office.

Topic #226

Family Planning Only Services

Family Planning Only Services is a limited benefit program that provides routine contraceptive management or related services to low-income individuals who are of childbearing/reproductive age (typically 15 years of age or older) and who are otherwise not eligible for Wisconsin Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus. Members receiving Family Planning Only Services must be receiving routine contraceptive management or related services.

Note: Members who meet the enrollment criteria may receive routine contraceptive management or related services immediately through TE for Family Planning Only Services.

The goal of Family Planning Only Services is to provide members with information and services to assist them in preventing pregnancy, making BadgerCare Plus enrollment due to pregnancy less likely. Providers should explain the purpose of Family Planning Only Services to members and encourage them to contact their certifying agency to determine their enrollment options if they are not interested in, or do not need, contraceptive services.

Members enrolled in Family Planning Only Services receive routine services to prevent or delay pregnancy and are not eligible for other services (e.g., PT services, dental services). Even if a medical condition is discovered during a family planning visit, treatment for the condition is not covered under Family Planning Only Services unless the treatment is identified in the list of allowable procedure codes for Family Planning Only Services.

Members are also not eligible for certain other services that are covered under the Wisconsin Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus family planning benefit (e.g., mammograms and hysterectomies). If a medical condition, other than an STD, is discovered during routine contraceptive management or related services, treatment for the medical condition is not covered under Family Planning Only Services.

Colposcopies and treatment for STDs are only covered through Family Planning Only Services if they are determined medically necessary during routine contraceptive management or related services. A colposcopy is a covered service when an abnormal result is received from a pap test, prior to the colposcopy, while the member is enrolled in Family Planning Only Services and receiving contraceptive management or related services.

Family Planning Only Services members diagnosed with cervical cancer, precancerous conditions of the cervix, or breast cancer may be eligible for Wisconsin Well Woman Medicaid. Providers should assist eligible members with the enrollment process for Well Woman Medicaid.

Providers should inform members about other coverage options and provide referrals for care not covered by Family Planning Only Services.

Topic #4757

ForwardHealth and ForwardHealth interChange

ForwardHealth brings together many DHS health care programs with the goal to create efficiencies for providers and to improve health outcomes for members. ForwardHealth interChange is the DHS claims processing system that supports multiple state health care programs and Web services, including:

  • BadgerCare Plus.
  • BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid managed care programs.
  • SeniorCare.
  • ADAP.
  • WCDP.
  • WIR.
  • Wisconsin Medicaid.
  • Wisconsin Well Woman Medicaid.
  • WWWP.

ForwardHealth interChange is supported by the state's fiscal agent, HP.

Topic #229

Limited Benefit Categories Overview

Certain members may be enrolled in a limited benefit category. These limited benefit categories include the following:

  • BadgerCare Plus Expansion for Certain Pregnant Women.
  • EE for Children.
  • EE for Pregnant Women.
  • Family Planning Only Services, including TE for Family Planning Only Services.
  • QDWI.
  • QI-1.
  • QMB Only.
  • SLMB.
  • TB-Only Benefit.

Members may be enrolled in full-benefit Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus and also be enrolled in certain limited benefit programs, including QDWI, QI-1, QMB Only, and SLMB. In those cases, a member has full Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus coverage in addition to limited coverage for Medicare expenses.

Members enrolled in BadgerCare Plus Expansion for Certain Pregnant Women, Family Planning Only Services, EE for Children, EE for Pregnant Women, or the TB-Only Benefit cannot be enrolled in full-benefit Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus. These members receive benefits through the limited benefit category.

Providers should note that a member may be enrolled in more than one limited benefit category. For example, a member may be enrolled in Family Planning Only Services and the TB-Only Benefit.

Providers are strongly encouraged to verify dates of enrollment and other coverage information using the EVS to determine whether a member is in a limited benefit category, receives full-benefit Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus, or both.

Providers are responsible for knowing which services are covered under a limited benefit category. If a member of a limited benefit category requests a service that is not covered under the limited benefit category, the provider may collect payment from the member if certain conditions are met.

Topic #228

Medicaid

Medicaid is a joint federal/state program established in 1965 under Title XIX of the Social Security Act to pay for medical services for selected groups of people who meet the program's financial requirements.

The purpose of Medicaid is to provide reimbursement for and assure the availability of appropriate medical care to persons who meet the criteria for Medicaid. Wisconsin Medicaid is also known as the Medical Assistance Program, WMAP, MA, Title XIX, or T19.

A Medicaid member is any individual entitled to benefits under Title XIX of the Social Security Act and under the Medical Assistance State Plan as defined in ch. 49, Wis. Stats.

Wisconsin Medicaid enrollment is determined on the basis of financial need and other factors. A citizen of the United States or a "qualified immigrant" who meets low-income financial requirements may be enrolled in Wisconsin Medicaid if he or she is in one of the following categories:

  • Age 65 and older.
  • Blind.
  • Disabled.

Some needy and low-income people become eligible for Wisconsin Medicaid by qualifying for programs such as:

  • Katie Beckett.
  • Medicaid Purchase Plan.
  • Subsidized adoption and foster care programs.
  • SSI.
  • WWWP.

Providers may advise these individuals or their representatives to contact their certifying agency for more information. The following agencies certify people for Wisconsin Medicaid enrollment:

  • Local county or tribal agencies.
  • Medicaid outstation sites.
  • SSA offices.

In limited circumstances, some state agencies also certify individuals for Wisconsin Medicaid.

Medicaid fee-for-service members receive services through the traditional health care payment system under which providers receive a payment for each unit of service provided. Some Medicaid members receive services through state-contracted MCOs.

Topic #232

Qualified Disabled Working Individual Members

QDWI members are a limited benefit category of Medicaid members. They receive payment of Medicare monthly premiums for Part A.

QDWI members are certified by their local county or tribal agency. To qualify, QDWI members are required to meet the following qualifications:

  • Have income under 200 percent of the FPL.
  • Be entitled to, but not necessarily enrolled in, Medicare Part A.
  • Have income or assets too high to qualify for QMB-Only and SLMB.
Topic #234

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary-Only Members

QMB-Only members are a limited benefit category of Medicaid members. They receive payment of the following:

  • Medicare monthly premiums for Part A, Part B, or both.
  • Coinsurance, copayment, and deductible for Medicare-allowed services.

QMB-Only members are certified by their local county or tribal agency. QMB-Only members are required to meet the following qualifications:

  • Have an income under 100 percent of the FPL.
  • Be entitled to, but not necessarily enrolled in, Medicare Part A.
Topic #235

Qualifying Individual 1 Members

QI-1 members are a limited benefit category of Medicaid members. They receive payment of Medicare monthly premiums for Part B.

QI-1 members are certified by their local county or tribal agency. To qualify, QI-1 members are required to meet the following qualifications:

  • Have income between 120 and 135 percent of the FPL.
  • Be entitled to, but not necessarily enrolled in, Medicare Part A.
Topic #236

Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries

SLMB members are a limited benefit category of Medicaid members. They receive payment of Medicare monthly premiums for Part B.

SLMB members are certified by their local county or tribal agency. To qualify, SLMB members are required to meet the following qualifications:

  • Have an income under 120 percent of the FPL.
  • Be entitled to, but not necessarily enrolled in, Medicare Part A.
Topic #262

Tuberculosis-Related Services-Only Benefit

The TB-Only Benefit is a limited benefit category that allows individuals with TB infection or disease to receive covered TB-related outpatient services.

Topic #240

Wisconsin Well Woman Medicaid

Wisconsin Well Woman Medicaid provides full Medicaid benefits to underinsured or uninsured women ages 35 to 64 who have been screened and diagnosed by WWWP or Family Planning Only Services, meet all other enrollment requirements, and are in need of treatment for any of the following:

  • Breast cancer.
  • Cervical cancer.
  • Precancerous conditions of the cervix.

Services provided to women who are enrolled in WWWMA are reimbursed through Medicaid fee-for-service.

Topic #7418

Wisconsin Well Woman Medicaid Enrollment from the Benchmark Plan or the Core Plan

To enroll a woman to WWWMA from the Benchmark Plan or the Core Plan, the woman, along with the authorized diagnosing provider, is required to complete and sign the Wisconsin Well Woman Medicaid Determination form. The form may be obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Forms Library.

The form should be faxed to the CAPO at (608) 267-3381 or sent via email to dhsemcapo@wisconsin.gov/.

Typically, CAPO will process the WWWMA form in 10 business days but not longer than 30 calendar days from the receipt of the form. Once the determination is processed, the member's enrollment information will be updated for providers to verify the member's status via the ForwardHealth Portal or WiCall.

Recertification of Enrollment

Members must complete an annual review for continued enrollment in WWWMA. Members will receive a written notice approximately 45 days prior to the last day of their enrollment. The member is required to submit a new Wisconsin Well Woman Medicaid Determination form signed by her physician attesting to the need for ongoing treatment.

Backdating

Enrollment in WWWMA may be backdated to the date of diagnosis, but not to a date earlier than the first date of the women's enrollment in the Benchmark Plan or the Core Plan.



 
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