Health Insurance Marketplace: How to Apply - Ascension Wisconsin

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Health Insurance Marketplace

Health Insurance Marketplace: Take Action Today

Open Enrollment: Nov. 1, 2018 - Dec. 15, 2018

Here's how to apply for a health insurance plan or renew coverage for 2018:

If You're Currently Uninsured

Are you currently uninsured or have you recently lost your health insurance coverage? You may be eligible to apply for commercial health insurance or you may be eligible for Wisconsin's Medicaid program, BadgerCare Plus.

Most people under age 65 are now required to get health insurance through their employer, through Medicaid or through the Health Insurance Marketplace. If you do not have insurance, you can find out if you are eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan by visiting the Marketplace online or by calling 1-800-318-2596.

Learn if you are eligible to participate in BadgerCare Plus here.

If You Want to Enroll in a Plan for 2019

Plans and estimated prices for 2018 coverage are available for review on

Watch this brief video to help you understand how to compare plans and choose one that’s right for you. To learn more and get additional tips to help you prepare, please visit

If You Already Have Coverage through the Marketplace

If you already have a 2018 plan through the Marketplace, download this checklist (PDF) to help you get ready to renew or change it for 2019.

Which Plans Include Wheaton?

The following 2018 plans include Wheaton hospitals and Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group physicians:

  • Molina Healthcare
  • Network Health Prestige
  • Together with Children’s Community Health Plan

Need Help? Our Certified Application Counselors can help you apply and determine if you qualify for BadgerCare Plus health coverage - at no charge to you. Please call 1-866-972-4687 to schedule an appointment.

Additional Resources

4 Things to Know about the Marketplace

There is a new way to find a quality health insurance plan that fits your needs and your budget through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

  1. Low cost and free plans are available, and financial help is available, based on how much money you make.
  2. No one can be turned down because of a pre-existing condition like diabetes, asthma, or mental illness.
  3. All insurance plans will cover doctor visits, hospitalizations, mother and baby care, emergency room visits, and prescriptions.
  4. All plans will show costs and what is covered in simple language with ‘no fine print.’

If you do not have insurance or are going off BadgerCare Plus, you can apply for health insurance now by calling 1-800-318-2596 or visiting the Health Insurance Marketplace website. If you speak Spanish, access the Spanish version of the website here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

The Health Insurance Marketplace is a website and call center where people can find affordable private insurance. It offers new insurance choices for those who have not been able to get affordable insurance through their work or buy it on their own.

People can also apply for BadgerCare Plus through the Marketplace.

Watch this brief video to learn more about the Marketplace and how to choose a plan:

Why should I care about the Marketplace?

  • It will help you learn if you qualify for Badger Care Plus.
  • It will help you find an insurance plan that fits your budget and see if you can get discounts.
  • No one can be turned down because of a pre-existing condition like diabetes, asthma or mental illness.

How does the Marketplace work?

There are different levels of cost and coverage for you to choose from.

The insurance plans offer a range of covered health benefits, but they must all cover the essential benefits listed below:

  • Emergency department visits
  • Hospital care
  • Maternity and new baby care
  • Mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment
  • Prescription medicines
  • Rehabilitation services and devices.
  • Lab tests
  • Prevention and wellness services, chronic disease management like diabetes and asthma
  • Children's care, including dentist visits and eye care (glasses)

2018 Health Insurance Enrollment Timeline

Nov. 1, 2017
2018 Open Enrollment Begins

Dec. 15, 2017
2017 Open Enrollment Ends

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