How Do You Qualify for BadgerCare?


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Individuals must meet the income and residency requirements to qualify for BadgerCare. Individuals must also be under 19, the primary caregiver of a child under 19, pregnant or 20 years of age or older and leaving out-of-home care, according to Benefits.gov.

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BadgerCare Plus is a free or low-cost benefits program for qualifying Wisconsin residents that provides or supplements health insurance, according to Benefits.gov. To qualify, individuals must be United States citizens, nationals, permanent residents or legal aliens. Individuals also must meet pre-tax household annual income requirements. For one person, there is a $35,010 maximum. For two people, it is $47,190. For three people, it is $59,370. For four people, it is $71,550. It is $83,730 for five people, $95,910 for six, $108,090 for seven and $120,270 for eight, as of March 2015. Households of more than eight members should add $12,180 per additional person to determine eligibility. BadgerCare Plus does not serve to replace private health insurance, so the program's rules do not allow individuals to opt out of their private insurance to participate. Rather, for qualifying individuals, this program may pay part or all of their monthly premium for private insurance. Application materials are available on the Access Wisconsin website.

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