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IMPORTANT: 2018 Open Enrollment is shorter than in previous years-ACT NOW!

If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t get 2018 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2018.

  • November 1, 2017: Open Enrollment starts — enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2018 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • December 15, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change plans for 2018 coverage. 
  • January 1, 2018: 2018 coverage starts (if premium paid).

What is the Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare)?
Passed into law in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to expand access to insurance coverage for U.S. citizens. The law requires insurance companies to accept everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions.  Recent federal government actions do not change anything about the 2018 Open Enrollment Period. Affordable insurance coverage options are still available.

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?
As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Insurance Marketplace was created to make buying health coverage easier and more affordable. The Marketplace is a website and call center where people can compare health insurance options, determine discounts for cost, and enroll in a plan that fits their needs.

How do I sign up for coverage?
You can enroll in or change 2018 Marketplace health insurance right now. The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017.  Not sure which program you qualify for, or need help applying? Call (414) 935-8000 and schedule an appointment with a financial counselor to review your insurance choices and application requirements.

What is BadgerCare Plus?
BadgerCare Plus is a health care coverage program for low-income Wisconsin residents. This Medicaid program provides low-cost coverage for Wisconsin residents who meet certain family size, age and income requirements.  There are also special options for the elderly, blind, or disabled and pregnant women.  You can apply for BadgerCare Plus coverage at any time. Learn more here.

Sliding Fee Program
Our Sliding Fee Program helps people who have limited or no health insurance. Patients will be charged for services based on their income and the number of people in their household.  To apply for the Sliding Fee Program, you must meet with a financial counselor and provide proof of income and proper identification.

To apply for the sliding fee program, you must provide the following documentation:

  • Proof of income (one of the following)
    • Check stub
    • Letter from employer verifying wage
    • Copy of your most recent federal tax return
  • Identification (one of the following)
    • Driver’s license
    • State identification card