Consumer Guide to Health Care
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
(exit DHS) website where you can find out if you might be eligible for
state health and nutrition programs.
The federal Health Insurance
Marketplace helps uninsured people find health care coverage and
purchase private insurance. There is premium and cost sharing
assistance available to individuals and families, depending on
household size and household income.
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.
If you'd like to find out more about health-related and
other government programs that might be available to you,
(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.
September 11, 2014