BadgerCare Plus was enacted in 2007 to merge the state’s three distinct Medicaid programs for children, parents, and pregnant women into one comprehensive health coverage program. It was implemented to make sure that 98 percent of Wisconsin residents have access to quality, affordable health care.
The following people may be eligible for BadgerCare Plus:
- All children under age 19, regardless of income.
- Pregnant women with incomes up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
- Parents and relatives caring for a child with incomes up to 200% of the FPL, which is $36,620 for a family of three.
- Young adults in foster care who turn 18 will automatically be able to get BadgerCare Plus until they turn 21, regardless of income.
- Farm families and other self-employed families may be eligible for BadgerCare Plus if their income is under 200% of the FPL. (BadgerCare Plus has a new way of counting depreciation which will help more families enroll.)
- Parents whose child/children are in foster care and who have a reunification plan in place may be eligible for BadgerCare Plus if their income is below 200% of the federal poverty level.
For more information, read HealthWatch Wisconsin's BadgerCare+ Bulletin.
It's simple to enroll in BadgerCare
It is easy to see if you might be able to enroll in a BadgerCare Plus Plan and other health and nutrition programs like FoodShare. Visit access.wi.gov. Click on the “Am I Eligible” Tool to see if you might be able to get benefits. Or, go right to the “Apply For Benefits” tool to apply online.
For more information, visit: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/.