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BadgerCare Plus


Our BadgerCare Plus plan includes a range of benefits. View the benefits below to see all that it offers. It's for pregnant women, children to age 19, families and adults.

More information on eligibility and enrollment can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.

Benefits & Features

Well and Sick Care

Get the care you need to stay healthy — or to get better if you are injured or sick. And pregnant moms get extra support to keep you and your baby healthy.

Some member benefits include:

  • Preventive Care. Well visits and a variety of health screenings to keep you healthy.
  • Doctor Visits. Find a doctor you trust in our network. Don't have a doctor? We will help you find one.
  • Hospital and Emergency Care. Your plan covers emergency room and inpatient hospital stays when needed.
  • NurseLine. Speak with a registered nurse 24/7.
  • Lab and X-Rays. Lab tests, x-rays and diagnostic imaging are covered.
Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of a mother and her child. That's why our plan benefits include:
  • Choice of Doctors. Find a doctor you trust in our network.
  • Prenatal Visits. Care for you before your baby is born.
  • Healthy First Steps® Get extra support and rewards to keep you and your baby healthy.
  • Choice of Birth Centers. Pick from a large network of hospitals across Wisconsin.
  • Healthy First Steps®. Earn rewards for taking steps to keep you and your baby healthy.
  • Text4baby. Receive text messages with helpful tips and reminders.
  • Wellhop for Mom & Baby. Connect with a community of moms. Get support and information as you welcome your baby.

If you have asthma, diabetes or another chronic condition, you can depend on us. Our plan provides the care, support and services you need. Some benefits include:

  • Mental Health. Counseling and other treatments are covered.
  • Care Manager. Get personal help managing health conditions.
  • Disease Management. Focused care for those with chronic health needs like asthma and diabetes.

We help members keep their eyesight, smile and hearing at their best. Some benefits include:

  • Vision Care. Exams and eyeglasses are covered.
  • Dental Care. Cleanings, checkups and preventive dental work are covered.
  • Hearing Care. Tests, checkups and hearing aids, if needed.

You get the medical care and equipment needed to live safely at home. Some benefits include:

  • Equipment and Supplies. In-home medical and safety equipment are covered.
  • Home Health Care. Medical and personal care in your home, if medically needed.

Do you have a serious health problem? If so, our care managers are in your corner. They will:

  • Explain medical terms in plain language.
  • Coordinate your doctor appointments.
  • Provide your care team with your medical records.

The care manager will stay close by throughout the medical journey. He or she will:

  • Think beyond your immediate needs.
  • Make sure you have support at home.

Whether chiropractor services are your primary or alternative treatment method, you're covered. Members 21 and over are covered for chiropractic care visits.

This is a benefit provided by the State of Wisconsin.

Where a mother has her baby is an important choice. That's why women who are pregnant can pick from a large number of hospitals across Wisconsin.

We encourage mothers-to-be to tour the hospital's birthing center. This way they will be familiar with it. And be more relaxed when they have their baby.

Choice of Doctor

Each member can choose a primary care physician (PCP). Use the "Doctor Lookup" tool to see if your doctor is in our network.

The PCP is your main doctor for:

  • Preventive care.
  • Treatment if you are sick or injured.
  • Referrals to specialists for certain conditions.

For members who don't have a doctor or whose doctor is not in our network, we can help find a new one close by.

Dental Care

Exams and cleanings every six months help keep teeth and gums strong and healthy. If there is a dental problem that needs to be fixed, that's covered as well. There is no copayment for exams and cleanings.

If you live in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington or Waukesha Counties, your dental benefits are provided by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.

If you live outside of Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington or Waukesha Counties, you may get dental services from any dentist who will accept your ForwardHealth ID card. Your dental services are provided by the State, not UnitedHealthcare.

Disease Management

If you have chronic or high-risk illnesses, our disease management services are designed to support you.

We have special programs for:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Diabetes
  • High Risk Pregnancy and NICU
  • Sickle Cell Disease

Equipment and Supplies

Some members may need extra support to live safely at home.

Our plan covers medical equipment ordered by member's doctor or case manager. This can include supplies like:

  • Hospital beds.
  • Oxygen tanks.
  • Wheelchairs or walkers.

There is no copayment for medical equipment and supplies.

Foot Care

We provide the exams needed to help keep feet in great shape. And for those with diabetes, good foot care can help prevent much more serious problems.

Our podiatry coverage includes:

  • Routine foot exams.
  • Tips about foot care and choosing the right shoes.
  • Information about nerve damage warning signs.

There is no copayment per visit.

Healthy First Steps®

Build a healthy future for you and your baby and earn great rewards with Healthy First Steps. Our program will help you take the right steps to keep you and your baby healthy. Plus you can earn $20 just for signing up. 

We will help you:

  • Choose a pregnancy provider and a pediatrician (child’s doctor).
  • Schedule visits and exams and arrange rides to your visits.
  • Earn rewards for going to visits throughout your pregnancy and baby’s first 15 months of life.
  • Get supplies, including breast pumps for nursing moms.
  • Connect with community resources such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services.

Hearing Care

Trouble hearing can affect a person's life in many ways. Our plan includes services and support to help protect your hearing.

We cover:

  • Exams, therapy and tests.
  • Hearing aids and batteries.

There is no copayment per visit.

Home Health Care

After surgery or a serious illness, you may need extra help with day-to-day tasks. You may even need an in-home medical visit to check on how well you are healing. With approval from your doctor, our plan covers:

  • In-home medical visits.
  • Medical equipment like hospital beds, walkers or wheelchairs.
  • Disposable medical supplies.
  • Help with personal care.


This plan pays for expenses related to a hospital stay. Our plan covers:

  • Nursing care.
  • Room and board.
  • Supplies and equipment.
  • Treatment and therapies.
  • Diagnostic tests and exams.

And after you leave the hospital, you are not alone. We make sure you get follow-up care to continue healing at home.


UnitedHealthcare offers services to help you talk with your doctor or other health care workers. You can get this service if you do not speak English or have hearing and speech barriers. You do not need a referral from your doctor to get these services.

Interpreter services are offered free of charge.

Lab and X-rays

Knowing what's wrong and finding it early can make all the difference. Our plan covers:

  • Labs and testing.
  • X-rays, scans and other imaging.

We'll help you get the information needed to improve your health or be at your best.

Language Help

You can receive information in your preferred language. Just ask. We also have people at our member service centers who speak more than one language. Chances are, we have someone who speaks your language.


Prescriptions and certain over-the-counter items are provided by the State of Wisconsin.

You may receive a prescription from a UnitedHealthcare doctor, specialist or dentist. You can fill your prescription at any pharmacy that is a provider for BadgerCare Plus. Just show your ForwardHealth ID card to the pharmacy when you get your prescriptions filled.

You may have copayments or have limits on covered medications.

Member Advocate

We're looking out for you. Our local member advocates can help solve problems, provide training and education, and work on issues that concern members.

They can:

  • Answer your questions about your benefits.
  • Help with doctor issues or complaints.
  • Help you recertify your health care benefits.

Member Services

Sometimes you might need a little help understanding your health care options. With us, you have someone you can call 24/7. We'll answer your questions simply and completely.

We can also help you find:

  • Home care providers.
  • Dentists and vision providers.
  • Adult day health centers.


Medical questions and situations sometimes happen at bad times. When you have questions about your health, you can call a nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our nurses will:

  • Listen to symptoms.
  • Help with self-care.
  • Advise you about getting care at a doctor visit or an urgent care center.
  • Help you know when to go to the emergency room.

Personal Care

Sometimes the basics are hard to do yourself after an illness or injury. If needed, we provide someone to help with:

  • Dressing.
  • Bathing.
  • Feeding.

Prenatal Visits

Your pregnancy is a journey you'll want to make with the help of friends, family and a pregnancy doctor, or OB-GYN.

All recommended prenatal clinical visits and tests are covered by our plan.

At these visits, the clinic will:

  • Make sure both you and your baby are healthy.
  • Explain what to expect at each stage of your pregnancy.
  • Answer your questions.

Quitting Tobacco

Most people know the bad health effects of smoking. And they know they need to quit. We support our members to help them quit. The only thing they won't get from us is a lecture.

Therapy Services

Physical, occupational and speech therapy can help members recover from a serious injury or illness, or simply reach their full potential.

Our plan covers visits for:

  • Occupational therapy.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Speech therapy.
  • In-home therapy.

There is a copayment for these visits.


We provide rides to and from medical visits.

Our plan provides non-emergency medical transportation to and from health care appointments.

That includes trips to:

  • Doctor and therapy visits.  
  • Urgent care centers.
  • Diagnostic testing. 


You’ll get the care, eyeglasses and treatment that let you see life more clearly. Coverage includes:

  • Regular exams.
  • Up to two pairs of frames each year.
  • Prescription lenses.

This benefit is offered by Vision Service Plan.

Well Visits

Well visits with your doctor can help keep you healthy. These visits can catch health problems early, so they can be treated. Preventive services include:

  • Checkups for adults and children.
  • Well-baby care.
  • Care for women expecting a baby.
  • Routine shots and tests.
  • Mammograms.

There are no copayments for preventive care.

Wellhop for Mom & Baby

Connect with other expectant moms. Get support and information during your pregnancy and after you deliver. This program is part of your health plan and there is no extra cost to you.
Here’s how it works:

  • Join video conversations every other week with women who have similar due dates and a group leader.
  • Chat and share experiences with moms from your group on the Wellhop app or website.
  • Visit the Wellhop library. You’ll find articles, videos and more.

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