Wisconsin Programs Eligibility Policy Updates Call Series

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is holding biweekly stakeholder calls to provide information about eligibility policy updates and rule changes affecting Wisconsin programs. We value our partners and stakeholders and the role you play in helping our members and applicants understand programs like BadgerCare Plus and FoodShare. If you have questions about the calls or would like to suggest a topic, please email us.

Future Calls

Calls are being held as needed and may be canceled. Cancellations will be communicated through the ForwardHealth community partner email list and on this webpage.

Call Schedule

  • May 19, 12–1 p.m.; topic TBD
  • June 2

Call Information

  • Join the Zoom meeting, and use meeting ID 86240450139.
  • Call 301-715-8592, use password 2021 and meeting ID 86240450139.

2021 Calls

Pandemic EBT Program (March 12, March 24, April 7, April 21, May 5)

DHS, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families are working together to implement the 2020-2021 P-EBT program. P-EBT provides benefits for people to buy food if their children are not getting free or reduced-price meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the P-EBT webpage and view the media release to learn more.

COVID-19 and Related Updates (February 10 and February 24)

DHS continues to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak with several changes and adjustments to eligibility for FoodShare, BadgerCare Plus, and Medicaid.

Suspension of Benefits for Inmates (January 6)

Starting on October 24, 2020, DHS and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections implemented a new suspension of health care benefits process for individuals participating in Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus who are incarcerated. The new suspension of benefits process will help ensure that inmates who qualify for BadgerCare Plus or Medicaid are able to access health care services immediately upon release from jail or prison.

2020 Calls

COVID-19 and Related Updates (April 1, April 17, April 29, May 13, June 3, June 10, July 8, July 29, August 19, September 16, October 14, November 11, and December 2)

DHS responded to the COVID-19 outbreak with several changes and adjustments to eligibility for FoodShare, BadgerCare Plus, and Medicaid.

Health Care Policy Updates (June 24)

DHS made a series of health care policy changes for July and August 2020. These policy updates include changes to member cost sharing requirements, the Medicaid Purchase Plan, and BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid deductibles.

Public Charge (February 19)

Everyone's situation is different, but in some cases getting health care benefits, long-term care services, FoodShare, cash benefits, or housing assistance could have an impact on whether an immigrant will be able to get a green card or change their immigration status. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security planned to implement a new federal rule relating to this policy, called “public charge,” starting February 24, 2020. Update: As of March 2021, these changes are no longer in effect. Learn more about the public charge rule.

FoodShare Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents Rule (January 24 and February 5)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services has finalized a rule that will affect able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) FoodShare members who need to meet a work requirement.

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Last Revised: May 7, 2021