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Public Assistance

Wisconsin residents with a low income have access to various forms of public assistance for health care and coverage. Those who are unable to afford health insurance have an alternative in ForwardHealth, BadgerCare Plus, and other state Medicaid programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Medicaid programs gives residents access to comprehensive coverage, whether they are disabled, low income, or otherwise qualify.

Wisconsin also has a high risk pool for people who have been rejected by private individual health insurers for their health conditions or having lost coverage for any other unnecessary reason. The Health Insurance Risk Sharing Plan (HIRSP) also teamed up with the federal government to offer Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans for those who qualify for the Affordable Care Act’s temporary risk pool.

Several options other than private coverage await Wisconsin residents in the event that health insurance is out of reach. Medical care is also provided for BadgerCare members and other low-income individuals through community health centers located throughout the state. These clinics provide a resource for those who need primary care services at a low cost by trained professionals.

If you are subject to the less attractive side of private health insurance (coverage denial and high premiums), this section is dedicated to finding you every possible outlet in Wisconsin to stay healthy. Health insurance and medical care should not be reserved to those who have enough money to pay for it, and we strive to find the best possible sources available through state funding and health care organizations.