Oconomowoc company (WI)

MADISON – The state is raising $ 2 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help Wisconsinites gain access to health care.

The funding announced on Friday will support the statewide nonprofit Covering Wisconsin as it raises awareness and provides personalized assistance to guide people through the process of finding cover.

“The importance of health insurance was highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. For people who may not get their insurance through employment, finding out for themselves can be a confusing and daunting task, ”said DHS officer Karen Holzsee. “Wisconsin coverage has the relationships and expertise to help people across the state evaluate their options and figure out what works best for them.

Covering Wisconsin is a state-certified navigator agency based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. These funds will support public and awareness-raising efforts; Enrollment support services expanded; Step up efforts to reach underserved and vulnerable populations with the information they need; and create easy-to-understand materials to help people understand insurance changes that may affect them if programs implemented during the pandemic come to an end, such as the end of Medicaid Continuous Coverage.

Open registration will continue through January 15th. During this limited time, all Wisconsinites are eligible to sign up for any of the health plans available on the federal marketplace. Those who are already insured through the Marketplace can also extend, change, or upgrade their plans during this period. Call 211 or visit WisCovered.com for more information.