University of Wisconsin–Madison

Medicaid/BadgerCare Research and Evaluation

Cost, Coverage, and Access

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The UW Population Health Institute is evaluating Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Plus health insurance program and reforms, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. BadgerCare Plus is Wisconsin’s Medicaid and SCHIP programs, providing health insurance for most Wisconsin children and many low and middle income families.  The waiver currently in effect and undergoing evaluation is Wisconsin’s 2014 federal waiver pertaining to parents, caretaker adults, and childless adults.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation previously awarded the UW Population Health Institute grants under two rounds of its State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) initiative. This funding has supported study of BadgerCare Plus enrollment, efficiency, and churning of covered members, and currently supports assessment of Core Plan utilization by childless adults and the predictive value of the health needs assessment.

The Institute previously conducted evaluation under Wisconsin’s State Health Access Program (SHAP) award from HRSA. DHS in 2013 procured from the Institute an evaluation of the changes that took effect under DHS Medicaid Efficiencies initiative. The UW Population Health Institute previously evaluated changes to Badgercare under Wisconsin’s federal waivers adopted in 2008 and in 2012.

In addition, the Institute is currently working with DHS to conduct an evaluation of the SeniorCare prescription program for low-income elderly.