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Wisconsin health insurance

A guide to affordable health insurance in America's Dairyland

wisconsin guide to health insurance

How healthy is the living in Wisconsin? It ranks as the 16th healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.

The good news:

  • The state's high school graduation rate increased to 90.7 percent – number one in the nation.
  • At just under 10 percent, the uninsured rate is low compared to other states.

The bad news:

  • The percentage of children in poverty jumped nearly nine percentage points from 2011 to 2012; it's currently 21.4 percent.
  • Wisconsin ranks 50th for binge drinking, with 24.3 percent of adults affected.
  • Wisconsin spends $39 per person on public health funding – less than any other state.

Wisconsin's best and worst category rankings:

  • High School Graduation Rate – 1st
  • Lack of Health Insurance – 6th
  • Poor Mental Health Days – 7th
  • Children in Poverty – 27th
  • Infant Mortality – 27th
  • Binge Drinking – 50th
  • Public Health Funding – 50th

For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Wisconsin.

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Wisconsin health quality findings.

In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Wisconsin here.

Get local health results

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.


Does Wisconsin have
a health insurance high risk pool?

Wisconsin Health Insurance Risk Sharing Plan
Toll-free 1-800-828-4777

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Wisconsin started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.

Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.

Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.

In the best cases, they allowed 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.

More Wisconsin resources

Wisconsin state health insurance exchange

Wisconsin’s exchange

Find out what your state’s health insurance exchange will look like.

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$10.37 million to 282,812 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $76 per Wisconsin family in 2012.

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healthreformvotes.org

Find out how your member of the Wisconsin Congressional delegation voted on health care.

WI state government resources

BadgerCare PLUS

A Wisconsin program to provide health care coverage for uninsured…

ForwardHealth: Wisconsin Medicaid

Information on the federal/state program to provide health coverage for those without the means to pay for…

Free or low cost health clinics in Wisconsin

A list of clinics in Wisconsin are available for people with little or no…

Legislative Council on health care reform

Progress reports on Wisconsin’s implementation of the Affordable Care…

WI advocacy resources

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…

Other WI health insurance links

Wisconsin Hospital Association

The trade group for hospital in…

Wisconsin health insurance companies

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin
Arise Health Plan
Celtic Ins. Co.
Dean Health Plan, Inc.
Golden Rule
Humana
Unity Health Insurance
WPS Health Insurance

Health insurance for WI individuals

Resources for those individuals seeking health care insurance in Wisconsin. If you are looking for Wisconsin Medicare, visit our site for health insurance over 65.