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PHMDC's 2016 Annual Snapshot

PHMDC's 2016 Annual Snapshot provides an overview of some of its 2016 activities and achievements in working toward our vision of "Healthy People. Healthy Places."

We hope this will help you get to know more about our health department and understand how our staff, Board of Health, and many community partners are working together to make sure everyone in Madison and Dane County has an opportunity to be healthy.

Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Continues Through January 31

Help is Available

January 31, 2017 is the last day to enroll in or change a health plan for 2017 through the Health Insurance Marketplace. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you quality for a Special Enrollment Period.

To get information about your health insurance options and enroll for health insurance through the Marketplace, 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 2016 Marketplace coverage and didn't re-enroll or change your health plan by December 15, the Marketplace probably enrolled you for 2017 health coverage in the same plan (or a similar one) based on information from your 2016 application. You can keep the plan you've been enrolled in or change to any other plan, even if your 2017 health care coverage has started. Changes need to be made by January 31.

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, 2705 East Washington Avenue, Madison and at other locations. For an appointment, call Covering Wisconsin at (608) 261-1455 or you can make an appointment online.
  • For a list of other locations and events, call 2-1-1 or go to Covering Wisconsin | Get Local Help with Health Insurance and Using Care.
  • United Way of Dane County Health Connect is a local program that helps low income Dane County residents pay for certain Marketplace plans.

Travel Precautions to Prevent Zika

Public Health Madison & Dane County advises that anyone traveling to Zika affected areas should take the time to review current travel recommendations for Zika, and plan accordingly. The biggest threat is that Zika infection in pregnant women is known to cause severe birth defects. Pregnant women, or women trying to become pregnant, should not travel to a Zika-affected areas.

Zika, is transmitted by the bite of certain mosquitoes. If you are traveling to a Zika-affected area, it is important to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, and practice safe sex to reduce the spread of the virus.

Precautions to prevent mosquito bites include: wearing protective clothing, using mosquito repellent and using mosquito nets. Precautions should be taken all day, as mosquitoes that can carry Zika are daytime biters.

Transmission of the Zika virus can also occur through unprotected sex with a Zika-infected person. Women returning from travel should use condoms and birth control for eight weeks and men returning should use condoms for six months to avoid spreading the virus. Women with a male partner who has traveled in the past six months should use birth control to avoid pregnancy. These guidelines apply regardless of whether the traveler has any symptoms.

Returning travelers with symptoms of illness should contact a healthcare provider to let them know when and where they traveled and discuss testing.

For more information about PHMDC efforts to manage Zika, visit PHMDC's Zika Virus page.