Having health insurance can be key to gaining access to comprehensive care. Without it, it is harder to access care, and is easy to be burdened with large medical bills.
If you can get good, affordable coverage through your job or spouse's job, you should take it. If you don't, you may not be eligible for certain other options.
If you are under 26 years old, you can stay on your parent's insurance. You might also be eligible for BadgerCare Plus or your own Marketplace plan that would save money.
BadgerCare Plus is Medicaid for low income citizens and qualified immigrants, up to age 65. Children and pregnant women are eligible at higher income levels. To find out if anyone in your family is eligible and to apply at any time, call 1-888-794-5556 or go to ACCESS.
(Also known as Obamacare, Healthcare.gov, or Affordable Care Act)
Open enrollment is closed until later this fall. You can apply before then if you have certain life changes during the year. You will need to sign up for Marketplace Coverage within 60 days of:
Other events that let you sign up for Marketplace during the year:
For more information go to healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.
Covering Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that helps people in Wisconsin find and use health insurance.
Their expert Health Insurance Navigators provide free help anytime. Talk to a Navigator to:
Two ways to make an appointment:
Call the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Dane County for information and help to apply: (608) 240-7400.
Compass Wisconsin Threshold assists families to apply for all available benefits for children with special health care needs. Call (608) 692-2865 or go to CompassWisconsin.