What Is BadgerCare Health Insurance?


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BadgerCare Plus health insurance is the public health care program offered by the state of Wisconsin. This program is designed for Wisconsin residents that meet specific requirements, including income, or those who have medical conditions that result in them being disabled. Children can also be covered under BadgerCare Plus.

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Eligibility requirements for BadgerCare Plus include being a resident of Wisconsin, being either a United States citizen or a qualified immigrant, and cooperation with verification requests. Residents who are pregnant, parents or caretakers of children under the age of 18, former foster care youth under the age of 26 and adults ages 19-64 who are not receiving Medicare may be eligible for BadgerCare Plus under the non-financial guidelines.

Applicants for BadgerCare Plus who do not meet non-financial criteria do have to meet certain income requirements in order to qualify for the coverage. These income requirements are based on household size and use the federal poverty level as a guideline. For example, a childless adult must have an income of no more than the federal poverty level to qualify for coverage. This income limit went into effect on April 1, 2014. However, there is no limit to the amount of assets a person can have when applying for BadgerCare Plus.

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