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Health Insurance Coverage Options for 2015

Having health insurance coverage means better health and peace of mind. If you want to sign up for coverage through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, the enrollment period is from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. If you want insurance by January 1, 2015 you will need to sign up by December 15, 2014. BadgerCare Plus (Medicaid) enrollment for low income people is year-round.

Marketplace Plans (Affordable Care Act)

  • Marketplace plans are for U.S. citizens and legal residents who are not eligible for BadgerCare Plus or on other government health coverage, and not currently serving a term in jail or prison.
  • Dean Health Plan, Group Health Cooperative (GHC), Physicians Plus, and Unity Health Insurance offer plans through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • Most people get federal discounts to lower their costs when they sign up through the Marketplace. People who can get good and affordable insurance through their job or spouse's job may not get the discounts for a Marketplace plan.
  • Check out your options and sign up for 2015 coverage from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015.
  • Local Resources that can help you sign up for a Marketplace plan:

Health Connect (a United Way program)

  • Health Connect pays the insurance premiums (monthly cost) for some Dane County residents who sign up for certain Marketplace plans.
  • To learn more and apply, call 2-1-1 or visit United Way of Dane County Health Connect

For more information, visit Health Insurance Coverage.

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new directions for phmdc

Chronic disease, preventable injury and mental and emotional well-being have become critical concerns to the social and economic well-being of communities across the country. In response to changing community needs, Public Health Madison & Dane County is responding in kind, investing in what the CDC, the Institutes of Medicine, and major national funding organizations have endorsed as ways to move toward addressing the root causes of illness and disease. This monograph outlines the blend of existing public health functions with new capacity we are building to boost prevention and community well-being over time.

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The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Flu vaccine not only protects you, but also those around you.

Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) has flu vaccine for uninsured children, and for children with Medical Assistance. The supply includes injectable vaccine for children 6 months through 18 years, and nasal vaccine for children 2 through 18 years who do not have chronic health conditions.

Public Health also has injectable flu vaccine for uninsured adults.

Flu immunizations are available by appointment at Public Health Immunization Clinics in Madison, Middleton and Sun Prairie. Call 608-266-4821 for an appointment.

If you have insurance, you should call your regular medical clinic for information on their plans to offer flu shots this season.

Other sources of information about seasonal flu: