Archive for June, 2017

Wisconsin SAVE MEDICAID! Day of Action

Wisconsin SAVE MEDICAID! Day of Action

              Thursday, June 15th

The U.S. Senate is crafting legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make changes to the Medicaid program. The Senate would like to vote on this proposal before the July 4th holiday.

In Wisconsin we’ve joined forces to declare June 15th a  Day of Action to #SaveMedicaid – and we need YOU to: 

Call your U.S. Senators.

Senator Ron Johnson Phone:
Senator Tammy Baldwin Phone: 202-224-5653

Ask your Senators to oppose any bill that would cut or cap Medicaid. Medicaid works for Wisconsin.

Click here for a sample calling script.

Use the power of social media.

On June 15th, we want to see the #SaveMedicaid hashtag on every social media platform. After you’ve called your Senator, print out a “#SaveMedicaid because…” sign, fill it out & take a selfie with it, and share! Make sure to use the #SaveMedicaid hashtag so we can see it and share it as well. You can also tweet it at your Senators to remind them of your story and encourage others to take action.

No matter how you participate, we need everyone to take action on June 15th. Congress represents us, the people — and this affects all of us. United, our message cannot be ignored: Nothing about us without us! No caps or cuts to Medicaid!


Medicaid Myth Busting Flier

Take A Minute for Medicare

This month we will begin a three part series about Medicare Part D enrollment. Medicare prescription drug coverage is voluntary, but you can not sign up whenever you want. Enrollment in Medicare Part D is limited to certain times. So, it is important to know when you can enroll. There are three periods when you can enroll in Part D; the Initial Enrollment Period, the Annual Enrollment Period, and Special Enrollment Period. We will start with the Initial Enrollment Period.

PART 1 – Initial Enrollment Period

Who can enroll in Medicare Part D?

In order to be eligible for Medicare Part D enrollment, you must:

  • Have Medicare Part A and/or Part B
  • Live in the service area of the plan that provides prescription drug coverage

When can I enroll in Medicare Part D?

When your Medicare begins you have an initial enrollment period for Medicare Part D. This initial enrollment period is a 7 month time period surrounding the month of eligibility for Medicare. The period begins 3 months before the month of eligibility for Medicare, the month of eligibility, and 3 months after. Let’s look at an enrollment timeline for Medicare effective April 1, 2017.

time for medicare

You may enroll in Medicare Part D anytime during these 7 months. Coverage will begin April 1, if you enroll anytime January through March 31. If you enroll in Part D during April, May, June or July, coverage under Part D will start the first of the month after the month you enroll. For example, you enroll in Part D in May, your Part D coverage will begin on June 1.

Next month we will discuss the Annual Enrollment Period.

For general Medicare questions, call DRW at 1-800-928-8778. For Medicare Part D questions, call the Disability Drug Benefit Helpline at 1-800-926-4862. You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), or visit to find out if Medicare covers your test, service, or item.

Job Posting – Advocacy Specialist

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking a full-time Advocacy Specialist for our Madison office.

The Advocacy Specialist is responsible for providing direct client advocacy and representation to individuals with disabilities and their families on a variety of disability-related issues, including victim services. Other duties include: administrative tasks related to case maintenance and reporting, outreach, information and referral, systems advocacy and training.

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