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ForwardHealth brings together many Department of Health Services health care and nutritional assistance benefit programs with the goal of improving health outcomes for members and creating efficiencies for providers. To learn more about a program, click on the program name listed below.

Information on this page has been organized into four categories. Please choose one of the following tabs.

Health Care Programs

BadgerCare Plus
BadgerCare Plus is a health care coverage program for low-income Wisconsin residents.

Wisconsin Medicaid
Wisconsin’s Medicaid plans for the elderly, blind, or disabled provide health care for those who are:

  • Age 65 or older, blind, or disabled
  • With family income at or below the monthly program limit
  • U.S. citizens or legal immigrants

Family Planning Only Services
The Family Planning Only Services Program provides certain family planning-related services to prevent unplanned pregnancies. This coverage is for both men and women. Covered services are limited to family planning and related services like testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases/infections.

Long-Term Care
Long-Term Care covers a variety of topics. This page puts these topics into categories based on individual needs.

Wisconsin Well Woman
Well Woman covers certain screenings for some of the most common women's health concerns.

Wisconsin Chronic Disease Program (WCDP)
The Wisconsin Chronic Disease Program (WCDP) offers assistance to Wisconsin residents with chronic renal disease, hemophilia, and adult cystic fibrosis.

Katie Beckett
The Katie Beckett Program is a special eligibility process that allows certain children with long-term disabilities, mental illness, or complex medical needs, living at home with their families, to obtain a ForwardHealth card.

Medicaid Purchase Plan (MAPP)
The Medicaid Purchase Plan offers people with disabilities who are working or interested in working the opportunity to buy health care coverage through the Wisconsin Medicaid Program. Depending on an individual’s income, a premium payment may be required for this health care coverage.

Are you a Medicare beneficiary or thinking about long term care costs? Counselors at the Medigap Helpline can help you navigate your Medicare supplemental insurance and clarify many other related and sometimes confusing issues.

Insurance Partnership
The WI Long Term Care Insurance Partnership (LTCIP) Program is a joint effort between the federal Medicaid Program, long-term care insurers, and the State of Wisconsin.

Prescription Drug Programs

Nutrition Programs

FoodShare Wisconsin
FoodShare Wisconsin was created to help stop hunger and to improve nutrition and health. FoodShare helps people with limited money buy the food they need for good health.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
The purpose of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is to promote and maintain the health and well-being of nutritionally at-risk pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children. 

Free and Reduced School Lunch
Parents or guardians who wish to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits must contact the school where their child attends to obtain the appropriate Federal Child Nutrition Program applications.

Emergency Food Assistance
TEFAP is a federal program that provides food commodities to distribution sites. Food pantries and prepared meal sites receive commodities and they are distributed with other foods.

Elderly Nutrition
Call your county or tribal aging office to find out the locations in your community where you can join other seniors for a nutritious meal served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Newcomers are welcome.

Commodity Supplemental
The Wisconsin Department of Health Service's Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) offers free, nutritious foods to low-income seniors aged 60 years and older. The monthly food package, worth about $35, is available at no cost to eligible individuals.

Other Programs

Caretaker Supplement
Wisconsin’s Caretaker Supplement (CTS) is a cash benefit available to parents who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. 

Child Care
Wisconsin’s Child Care Subsidy program, Wisconsin Shares, helps families pay for child care. If the parent is eligible, child care can be subsidized for children under the age of 13 (up to 19 if special needs).

Energy Assistance (WHEAP)
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations.

Kinship Care
Kinship Care is a program designed to help support a child who resides outside of his or her own home, either temporarily or for the long term, with the relative (such as an adult brother or sister, a first cousin, a nephew or niece, an uncle or aunt or a grandparent, among others).

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
A monthly cash benefit paid by the federal Social Security Administration (SSA) and state Department of Health Services to people in financial need who are 65 or older or people of any age who are blind or disabled and residents of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Works (W2)
The Wisconsin Works (W-2) program is available to parents of minor children whose family income is below 115% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

Tax Credits
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a monthly cash benefit paid by the federal Social Security Administration (SSA).


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Last Revised: November 20, 2017