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At Progressive Community Health Centers we accept nearly all types of insurance including BadgerCare Plus (Medicaid), Medicare and private/Marketplace insurance. We also offer a sliding fee program for un/under-insured patients.

What is the Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare)?
Passed into law in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to expand access to insurance coverage for U.S. citizens. The law requires insurance companies to accept everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions. People may also shop for private health insurance coverage on their own during each annual Open Enrollment Period. Recent federal government actions to repeal the ACA do not change the current health law. Affordable insurance coverage options are still available.

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?
As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Insurance Marketplace was created to make buying health coverage easier and more affordable. The Marketplace is a website and call center where people can compare health insurance options, determine discounts for cost, and enroll in a plan that fits their needs.  You can also find out if you qualify for BadgerCare Plus (Medicaid) on the Marketplace website.

How do I sign up for Marketplace coverage?
Sign up for coverage NOW! The 2020 Open Enrollment period ends on December 15, 2019. Visit HealthCare.gov today to view your health insurance options. Apply by the December 15th deadline to ensure your coverage begins January 1, 2020. Have questions or need help applying? Call (414) 935-8000 to schedule an appointment with one of our financial counselors who can help you review insurance options and complete an application. Our financial counseling services are offered free to anyone, even if you are not a current Progressive CHC patient.

I already have a Marketplace health insurance plan. Do I need to re-apply?
Yes! Marketplace plans change each year. Even if you already have a Marketplace plan, you must re-apply for coverage at HealthCare.gov by December 15, 2019 in order to be covered in 2020.

What is BadgerCare Plus?
BadgerCare Plus is a health care coverage program for low-income Wisconsin residents. This Medicaid program provides low-cost coverage for Wisconsin residents who meet certain family size, age and income requirements.  There are also special options for the elderly, blind, or disabled and pregnant women.  You can apply for BadgerCare at any time. Learn more here.

Sliding Fee Program
Our Sliding Fee Program helps people who have limited or no health insurance. Patients will be charged for services based on their income and the number of people in their household.  To apply for the Sliding Fee Program, you must meet with a financial counselor and provide proof of income and proper identification.

To apply for the sliding fee program, you must provide the following documentation:

  • Proof of income (one of the following)
    • Check stub
    • Letter from employer verifying wage
    • Copy of your most recent federal tax return
  • Identification (one of the following)
    • Driver’s license
    • State identification card