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State agencies and health care

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is responsible for programs related to long-term care and support, physical and developmental disability, sensory disability, mental health, substance abuse, quality assurance in health care facilities, public health, FoodShare, and medical assistance and health care for low-income families, elderly, and disabled persons.  The Department also regulates and licenses a variety of programs and facilities and operates care and treatment facilities.

The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance regulates and monitors health insurance plans and health maintenance organizations.

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (formerly Regulation and Licensing) is responsible for licensing most health care professionals including doctors, nurses, dentists, podiatrists, and chiropractors.

The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) provides laboratory services in clinical (human), environmental, and occupational health, as well as testing programs for public and private laboratories.

The Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is a place to turn if you have a complaint about unfair or deceptive business practices. These may include medical billing problems (exit DHS; PDF, 44 KB) as well as problems with medical quackery (exit DHS; PDF, 38 KB).

The Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds operates the health benefit program for Wisconsin state employees and retirees.

Other state agencies also may provide health and safety resources and information.

County/local agencies and health care

Local health departments offer a variety of health care services and provide referrals to other services.

Other organizations

The American Red Cross provides information and support to help you prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

The National Farm Medicine Center (NFMC) is a not-for-profit program of the Marshfield Medical Research Foundation, a division of Marshfield Clinic. It addresses disease and injury problems of farmers, ranchers, and others in industries related to agriculture.

Last Revised: August 22, 2014