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)
Other events that let you sign up for Marketplace during the year:
Need help with paying for insurance? Call 211 or go to United Way of Dane County Health Connect
Provides health coverage options and materials to help find the best insurance for each individual. Call (608) 261-1455 for an appointment or go to Covering Wisconsin.
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.