Public Benefits and Income Maintenance

Public Benefits

Access Wisconsin:  Your connection to programs for Health, Nutrition, and Child Care - (800) 362-3002.

BadgerCare Plus or MedicaidOffers free or low-cost health care coverage to many families and pregnant women in Wisconsin.  BadgerCare Plus is designed for people who do not currently have access to health insurance.  It is not designed to replace private insurance.  (800) 362-3002

FoodShare (Food Stamps):  Monthly financial assistance with grocery purchases - (800) 362-3002.

W-2 or Wisconsin Works:  Economic support for work program (>115% below Federal Poverty Level [FPL]) - (877) 855-7296.

Child Care: Who can get help paying for child care (Wisconsin Shares)?

Wisconsin SHARES:  Contact County Human Services, childcare services for low-income families.

For a list of all Wisconsin Public Benefits, click here.

How to Apply — Income Maintenance (IM) Agencies

You can apply for FoodShare, BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, or Caretaker Supplement benefits online, by phone, by mail or in person with your local agency.

To apply online, go to and click on Apply for Benefits.  ACCESS is also the fastest and easiest way to apply for all forms of BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, and FoodShare no matter where you live in Wisconsin.

To apply by phone or in person, find your county in the map below to find the consortium that handles your area.  

To apply by mail, complete an application for each program you are applying for.  Send the completed application and any proof/verification to:

If you live in Milwaukee County:

P.O. Box 05676
Milwaukee WI  53205
Fax:  (888) 409-1979

If you DO NOT live in Milwaukee County:

P.O. Box 5234
Janesville, WI  53547-5234
Fax:  (855) 293-1822

WI IM Consortia Phone Numbers & Links

Bay Lake (888) 794-5747 Northern (888) 794-5722
Capital (888) 794-5556 Southern (888) 794-5780
Central (888) 445-1621 WKRP (888) 794-5820
East Central (888) 256-4563 Western (888) 627-0430
Great Rivers (888) 283-0012 Milwaukee (888) 947-6583
Moraine Lakes (888) 446-1239 Menominee
Opt Out (888) 681-0836

What should you know if you get a letter telling you that your BadgerCare Plus or Core benefits may be ending.