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Consumer Guide: Special Health Care Needs

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There are many parts to health care. You may find yourself facing different hurdles at different points in your life. Here, we list some resources to help you with special health care needs.

Disabilities and long-term illness

If you have a disability or a long-term (chronic) illness, or care for someone who does, these resources may help:

  • AIDS (Acquired immunodeficiency virus)
  • Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Arthritis
  • Blindness or low vision
  • Brain injury
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Diabetes
  • Down syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung disease
  • Lyme disease
  • Mental illness
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Pain and other symptoms
  • Pleural mesothelioma

No health insurance or way to pay for health care

If you don’t have health insurance and aren’t sure how to pay for your care, first view What to Do If you Cannot Afford Health Insurance. You may qualify for a government program. There are also some free and low-cost options for care in Wisconsin:

Problems with a health care provider or bill

If you have a problem with a doctor, facility, insurance, or medical debt, view Complaints or Problems with Your Health Care. This web page has resources to help you know what to do next.

Last revised August 15, 2022