The Economic Support unit determines eligibility and maintains benefits for the following federal and state programs:
The Health Insurance Marketplace/Affordable Care Act (Health Coverage and Medical Assistance)
The Marketplace is a new way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. Whether you are uninsured, or just want to explore your choices, the Marketplace can help you find a plan that’s right for you. With one application you can see all your options and enroll.
More information regarding the Affordable Care Act is available Here.
Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
The purpose of this program is to provide health care coverage to individuals and families that meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria. The following programs are some of the programs included in Medicaid system: BadgerCare Plus, Family Planning Only Services, Long Term Care, Family Care.
More information regarding BadgerCarePlus can be located at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/index.htm
More information regarding Medicaid can be located at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p1/p10048.pdf
FoodShare (Food Stamp)
This program helps low-income individuals and families to obtain a more nutritious diet. FoodShare is available to families, single adults, disabled individuals and SSI recipients. Each household must meet income needs test. The FoodShare program is meant to supplement a household’s income to purchase food.
More information regarding FoodShare can be located at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodshare/eligibility.htm
Kinship Care is a cash assistance benefit provided to non-legally responsible caretaker relatives for the care of a child in their home. Each child is assessed to determine if there is a need for protection or services. A criminal background check of all adults having contact with the child is completed; certain convictions may cause ineligibility for this program.
Caretaker Supplement (C-Supp)
Caretaker Supplement benefit provides a cash supplement to households where all parents in the household are receiving SSI payments. The parent applies for Medicaid for the children, and if eligible the parent's SSI payment is increased based on the number of children they have residing with them.
"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer"
Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)
WHEAP provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations. Most types of fuel are eligible to receive assistance. Whether you use wood, propane, natural gas, electricity or fuel oil to heat your home, energy assistance is available if you qualify. Marathon County Social Services contracts with Energy Services, Inc. for this program. Further information regarding WHEAP can be located at http://homeenergyplus.wi.gov/ or call 1-866-432-8947. The location of the Energy Services, Inc. office can be found at http://esiwi.com/.