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BadgerCare Plus is a health care coverage program for low-income Wisconsin residents.
Applying for BadgerCare Plus
Already a Member
- Visit ACCESS, an online tool that lets you:
- Check your benefits
- Report changes
- Renew your benefits
- Download MyACCESS, a mobile app through which you can:
- Check your benefits
- Get reminders
- Submit documents
- Find a list of covered services and copayments
- Find a provider
- Find contact information for your income maintenance or tribal agency
- View the ForwardHealth Enrollment and Benefits Handbook, P-00079
- Get information about rides to medical appointments
A Partner or Provider
- Visit the ForwardHealth community partners webpage
- Visit the ForwardHealth Portal
- Find income maintenance and tribal agency contact information
Covering Wisconsin BadgerCare Plus How-To Sheets:
- How to Start Using Health Care, English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF)
- Choose a Quality Doctor, English (PDF)
- How to Make Appointments, English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF)
- Where To Go for Care When You're Sick, English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF)
- Networks, Primary Care and Specialists, English (PDF)
- Rides, Gas Money, and Bus Tickets, English (PDF)
Important Changes for Childless Adults
Starting February 1, 2020, some changes to the BadgerCare Plus program may affect BadgerCare Plus applicants and members age 19–64 who are not pregnant and do not have dependent children under age 19 living in their home. The changes include an emergency room copay for nonemergency visits, monthly premiums (depending on income), an optional health survey, and a treatment needs question.
Be Aware of Scams
If you are getting health care benefits, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will not call or text you seeking personal or financial information. If you are getting FoodShare benefits, your agency will call you to complete a FoodShare interview and may ask you to verify certain information to ensure they are talking with the correct person. If you are unsure of who you are talking to, hang up, and call your agency or ForwardHealth Member Services at 800-362-3002.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, advises consumers not to give out personal or financial information to people you do not know through phone calls, text messages, emails, or knocks on your door. Scam artists want your information to commit identity theft, charge your existing credit cards, debit your checking account, open a new credit card, checking, or savings account, write fraudulent checks, or take out loans in your name.
In addition, you should only use the ACCESS website to apply for and manage your benefits and the MyACCESS mobile app to manage benefits. If you are getting FoodShare benefits, you can view information about your FoodShare account using the ebtEDGE mobile app.
Access Monitoring Plan
DHS has published an access monitoring plan to evaluate access to health care for individuals who receive health care coverage through Wisconsin’s fee-for-service Medicaid program.