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Paying for Health Care in Wisconsin

Finding and choosing insurance

Government programs

If you do not have access to private insurance, this section provides information about programs that might help you, including the following Wisconsin programs. (Specific eligibility requirements may vary in these programs. Please go to links for eligibility details.)

  • ACCESS is a tool to help you determine if you are eligible for Wisconsin’s health and nutrition assistance programs. You can check to see if you’re eligible, apply for benefits, and find answers to common questions.
  • BadgerCare Plus is a health insurance program available to all Wisconsin children, regardless of income. Others who may be eligible include pregnant women, parents and caretakers, young adults who are leaving foster care when they turn 18, farmers and self-employed people, and low-income adults with no dependent children. Find out if you are eligible for BadgerCare Plus and other health and nutrition programs by visiting ACCESS (exit DHS), or call 1-800-362-3002.
  • Wisconsin Medicaid:  A joint federal/state program that pays for medical services for residents of Wisconsin who are poor, aged, blind, or disabled. 
  • SeniorCare: A Medicaid program that provides prescription drug assistance for those 65 or older.
  • Family Planning Only Services: A Medicaid program that covers family planning services and supplies for women between 15 and 44 years of age. This brochure (PDF, 149 KB) provides more detailed information.

Information on finding insurance and paying for care if you are:

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Last Revised: September 11, 2014