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If You Cannot Afford Health Insurance

If you are having trouble affording health insurance on your own, you may be eligible for health insurance through one of the government programs described below. If you are unsure about whether or not you qualify, find out how to apply, call the Member Services Hotline at 1-800-362-3002, or try Wisconsin’s ACCESS (exit DHS) website where you can find out if you might be eligible for state health and nutrition programs.

  • Wisconsin's ForwardHealth Medicaid plans for Elderly, Blind or Disabled provide health care for those who meet the following three criteria:

    • Age 65 or older, blind or disabled,
    • Family income at or below the monthly program limit, and
    • United States citizens or legal immigrants.

    The Medicaid plan you are enrolled in depends on your income, assets, and type of care you need. For more information, call Wisconsin's Member Services Hotline at 1-800-362-3002.

  • BadgerCare Plus: If you are not elderly, blind or disabled, and you are in need of health care coverage, you may be able to enroll in a BadgerCare Plus plan, including Family Planning Waiver and the BadgerCare Plus Prenatal Plan. For more information about BadgerCare Plus, go to (exit DHS), or call 1-800-362-3002.

More information

If you'd like to find out more about health-related and other government programs that might be available to you, try BenefitsCheckUp (exit DHS), a service of the National Council on Aging (exit DHS), or (exit DHS). These sites use free, confidential questionnaires to help you find public programs that may pay for some health-care-related costs.

Last Revised: September 11, 2012