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Children's affiliate to expand insurance offerings

October 24, 2016

CCHPTogether_250pxMILWAUKEE – Children’s Community Health Plan, an affiliate of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, will begin offering individual and family insurance plans in 2017.

The individual and family plans will be sold on and off of the Marketplace under the name Together with Children’s Community Health Plan and build off more than 10 years of providing health care insurance to individuals and families eligible for Medicaid, known in Wisconsin as BadgerCare Plus.

Children’s Community Health Plan covers more than 130,000 adults and children, making it the largest provider of coverage for the BadgerCare program in southeast Wisconsin. According to Mark Rakowski, vice president of Children’s Community Health Plan, the success of that program has provided the experience needed to serve additional individuals and families.

“Our data shows that individuals and families enrolled in our health plan have better health outcomes,” said Rakowski. “From lower premature birth rates to better management of diabetes, we are focused on supporting our members with programs that improve their health and well-being.”

Another advantage that Rakowski identified is being able to provide an insurance plan to an individual or family who is no longer eligible for BadgerCare. They now will be able to stay with Children’s Community Health Plan as their income fluctuates. “Rather than having the stress of switching insurance companies, CCHP members will be able to focus on maintaining their health,” said Rakowski.

Rates for the Together with Children’s Community Health Plan will be available Nov. 1, the federally mandated date when all insurance providers will publish their rates on the health insurance marketplace.
Four Together plans will be offered – Bronze, Silver, Standard Silver and Gold. All plans will have individual and family plan options.

The Together plans will be offered in 2017 to residents of Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha Counties. The plans will cover about 60 percent of health care providers in southeastern Wisconsin, including Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Ascension Wisconsin (Columbia St. Mary’s and Wheaton Franciscan), Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, and United Hospital System. Details of the plans can be found at togetherCCHP.org.

“As a Wisconsin-based health plan we know the community and are dedicated to helping individuals and families get and stay well,” said Rakowski. “We are excited to expand that work and support even more families.”

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