|Background: BadgerCare Plus has provided medical insurance services to Wisconsin residents since its inception in February, 2008. Its purpose is to help ensure that Wisconsin residents have access to quality, affordable healthcare. The program covers all children under age 19, pregnant women with incomes up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level, and many others. Healthcare is an important component of economic stability because it helps maintain a healthy workforce and insulates families from financial straits; a significant portion of personal bankruptcies, for instance, result from large, unexpected medical bills. We express Badgercare Plus enrollment as a percentage of the corresponding population. For more information about program services, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The 2011 Southern Winnebago County LIFE Study contains additional information on healthcare issues in Oshkosh and the surrounding communities.|
Analysis: BadgerCare Plus enrollment increased steadily between its inception and December 2009. Since December 2009, state adult enrollment levels have remained relatively stable at the state levels, averaging around 13.5%. County and child enrollment saw a mild increase in mid to late 2011, and a slight decline since that time with current levels at their lowest point since mid/late 2009, at 10.1% and 24.6%. As enrollments are driven by need, eligibility requirements, and funding, even this slight decline may be seen as good news for the local economy, though how the state budgets will impact enrollment, particularly through eligibility requirements, still remains to be fully seen.
Analysis provided by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Updated: June 13, 2012
2011 Southern Winnebago County LIFE Study