Coverage

The gateway to health for individuals and the health of our community.

Goal:

Secure and retain adequate and affordable health insurance coverage for all.

Strategies:

  • Expand government funded insurance coverage for low-income individuals
  • Reach out and enroll those who are eligible in public or Marketplace health insurance
  • Support sustainable funding and adequate reimbursement policy for the State Medicaid programs

One-third of Milwaukee County residents are eligible for Medicaid / BadgerCare coverage.

Adequate and affordable health care coverage is the gateway to health for individuals and the health of our community. For low-income families, the lack of insurance coverage is a significant barrier to access to primary, specialty and preventive services. With almost half of Milwaukee County residents living at 200% or below the federal poverty level, and about 10% of the population uninsured at any time, a significant number continue to face economic, behavioral health, literacy, language and cultural barriers to sustaining coverage in Medicaid or the Marketplace.

The Partnership co-convenes the Milwaukee Enrollment Network (MKEN) with Covering Wisconsin, the regions’s federally designated enrollment Navigator organization. MKEN has nearly 500 participants representing 100 organizations working together to facilitate enrollment for Milwaukee County residents.  Each quarter, the MKEN publishes a Milwaukee Coverage Report.

Partnership leaders continue to inform public policy, the Department of Health Services, and other regulatory bodies to ensure access to coverage and improved enrollment outcomes.  Key collaborators include the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association and other advocacy groups.