Wisconsin is the 16th healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Wisconsin, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Health Insurance Risk Sharing Plan
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Wisconsin started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Wisconsin's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Legislative Council on health care reform — Progress reports on Wisconsin’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
ForwardHealth: Wisconsin Medicaid — Information on the federal/state program to provide health coverage for those without the means to pay for it.
Free or low cost health clinics in Wisconsin — A list of clinics in Wisconsin are available for people with little or no insurance.
BadgerCare PLUS — A Wisconsin program to provide health care coverage for uninsured families.
Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin — Dedicated to improving the health status of African Americans in the state of Wisconsin and to insure equitable and comprehensive health for all people.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Wisconsin.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Wisconsin -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Wisconsin.
Why health care reform is important to Wisconsin -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Wisconsin.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Wisconsin -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Hospital Association — The trade group for hospital in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Wisconsin -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $76 per family in 2012.
11/16/2012 6:11 PM
Wisconsin State Journal — Saying all three exchange models leave the federal government in control, Walker opted for a federally run exchange. He believes a state-run exchange put the state on the hook for a larger share of exchange costs.
09/17/2012 8:09 PM
It’s not yet fully functional, but Obamacare has already returned $14.5 million in premium overcharges to Wisconsin residents. Nationwide, Obamacare has been responsible for the return of $2.1 billion in overcharges by insurance companies — which should provide a nice economic stimulus later this fall as those refunds provide families with more buying power. Read more.
08/17/2012 1:08 PM
If you look at the numbers on the gopher state and the badger state, they appear to be twins. They are similar in size, average income, employment strength and ethnic makeup. But in the last elections, Wisconsin chose a Republican Governor and Minnesota chose a Democrat, and that leads to two very different approaches to federal health care reform.
Minnesota’s Mark Dayton has forged ahead with the required state health insurance exchange, and welcomes new federal funding (tied to new requirements) for Medicaid. Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, who survived a recall effort this summer, said “Wisconsin will not take any action to implement Obamacare. I am hopeful that political changes in Washington, D.C., later this year ultimately end the implementation of this law at the federal level.”
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