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Protect Your Home from Rats

Public Health Madison & Dane County has created a video "Protect Your Home from Rats" in response to an increase in reports of rat infestations in some Madison neighborhoods. The goal of the video is to show community residents what to do to control rat populations and prevent infestations.

There are always rats in our communities. However, sometimes the population increases due to the access to food and shelter than many of us unknowingly provide in our yards and our homes. By getting rid of food and shelter, we can control rat populations and prevent infestations.

The video shows examples of food sources in our yards, like fallen fruit under trees and birdseed on the ground, and ways rats can get into our homes. In addition the video gives advice about the safest way of getting rid of rats, should you already have them in and around your home.

Enroll in Health Insurance Marketplace by December 15 to get coverage starting January 1

It's Open Enrollment time for the Health Insurance Marketplace and there are some key dates to remember:

  • You must enroll or change plans by December 15, 2016 if you want your new or updated Health Insurance Marketplace plan to start January 1.
  • If you were enrolled in a Marketplace plan for 2016, re-enroll by December 15 so you won't have a break in coverage.
  • Open enrollment for 2017 coverage is November 1, 2016-January 31, 2017.

To get started, visit and select your state. You will be able to see the 2017 plans, and compare benefits and prices. Most people can qualify for financial help with the cost. If you had a Health Insurance Marketplace plan in 2016, you will need to compare 2017 health plans and prices to your current coverage, update your application, and enroll in a plan.

Need Help?

  • Call the Marketplace Call Center toll-free at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325. Help is available in other languages.
  • Local Healthcare Navigators provide free in-person help to enroll in health insurance, and education on how to use your health insurance. Health Care Navigator help is available by appointment at the Public Health Madison & Dane County office located at 2705 East Washington Avenue in Madison. For an appointment, call Covering Wisconsin at (608) 261-1455.
  • For a list of other locations and events, call 2-1-1 or go to Covering Wisconsin.
  • United Way of Dane County Health Connect is a local program that helps low income Dane County residents pay for certain Marketplace plans.