Wisconsin designates $2 million from rescue act to nonprofit agency to ensure health coverage

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APPLETON, Wis. (WKBT) — Wisconsin is designating $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act money to ensure that Wisconsinites have the health care coverage they need for themselves and their families.

DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake announced the allotment for Covering Wisconsin during an open enrollment event in Appleton Friday.

The investment is intended to support the statewide nonprofit as it raises awareness and offers personalized assistance to guide people through the process of finding coverage.

“The importance of having health insurance has been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Timberlake said.

“Covering Wisconsin has the relationships and expertise to help people across the state evaluate their options and find what works best for them,” she said. “These funds will bolster and expand their dedicated efforts to make sure all Wisconsinites have health care coverage.”

Covering Wisconsin is a federally certified, state-licensed navigator agency based out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with years of experience helping Wisconsinites secure health insurance coverage, seek timely care and navigate the health-care system, with a focus on communities most at risk.

The money will support outreach and awareness efforts, expand enrollment assistance services, enhance efforts to reach underserved and vulnerable populations with the information they need and create easy-to-understand materials to help people understand coverage changes that may affect them as programs implemented during the pandemic come to a close, such as the end of continuous coverage through Medicaid.

Open enrollment will continue through Jan. 15.

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