Health Care Access

Under the Affordable Care Act, each individual must have minimum essential health coverage for each month in order to avoid the penalty for not having insurance.

Wisconsin has many programs within BadgerCare to assist individuals and families to pay for health care.  To check eligibility and/or to apply, check out the ACCESS webpage.  The East Central IM Partnership is also available to apply or ask questions: 1-888-256-4563

If you don't qualify for BadgerCare, Health insurance can be purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace or by calling 1-800-318-2596 or TTY: 1-855-889-4325.

Family Planning Only Services and the Wisconsin Well Women Program are limited health insurance plans that are available for eligible individuals however; the plans do NOT meet the minimum essential health care coverage standard under the Affordable Care Act. 

The Family Planning Only Services Program provides certain family planning-related services to prevent unplanned pregnancies.  This coverage is for both men and women.  Covered services are limited to family planning and related services like testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs).   You can apply online any time at ACCESS.

The Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) provides preventive breast and cervical cancer screening services to income eligible women age 45 through 64 with little or no health insurance coverage.  Manitowoc County residents need to call the Brown County Health Department at 920-448-6438 for information and to enroll in the program. 

 Where do I go if I can't afford medical care?

Lakeshore Community Health Care is a federally qualified health care center that serves Manitowoc and Sheboygan areas.  Direct services include primary & preventative medical, oral health care and behavioral health services.  The belief is that everyone has a right to quality health care and skilled health care professionals who focus on our patient's needs.  New patients are welcome by contacting the Manitowoc ​location at 920-686-2333.  Assistance with Insurance Enrollment if available if needed. 

Some Health Care Providers have a charity or community program that income eligible individuals may qualify for low cost care.  Ask your provider about their charity care or community program.