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Keeping Wisconsin Covered

Are you looking for information about how Wisconsin's Medicaid programs will return to routine operations in 2023 and 2024? You're in the right place.

In 2020, the federal government put in place measures to protect the health of Medicaid program members during the COVID-19 pandemic. States were required to keep people enrolled to ensure they had health care coverage. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, signed into law in December 2022, gave states a timeline for ending that policy. 

Throughout 2023 and into 2024, Wisconsin will restart renewals for members of our Medicaid programs. During renewals, members provide updated information about their households, income, assets, etc. Local and tribal agencies then review that information to see if members still meet the rules to be a part of our programs.

“Unwinding” is the term our federal partners use to describe the actions states will take to resume routine operations for their Medicaid programs. DHS is working with partners and stakeholders to inform members of what they need to know and do in the coming year to renew. Our goal is to keep Wisconsinites covered – whether through state programs, employer options, or federal Marketplace plans.

Current status

Wisconsin has distributed renewals for our members over 12 months from June 2023 through May 2024. Between mid-March and April 2023, households enrolled in BadgerCare Plus or another Wisconsin Medicaid program will receive a letter that tells them their assigned renewal due date. Some will need to renew their coverage as early as June 30, 2023, and the due date for the last group of members will be May 31, 2024. Members can see that letter in ACCESS accounts on March 6.

Stay informed

Join our email list to get important announcements about Wisconsin's Unwinding efforts.

Learn how we've prepared to help our members during this transition.


COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Unwinding and Return to Routine Operations, P-03336

Operational Plan, P-03336 (PDF)

This plan provides a high-level overview of preparations and plans for PHE Unwinding in Wisconsin's Medicaid programs.


Public Health Emergency Unwinding Member Communications Timeline, P-03338

Member Communications Timeline, P-03338 (PDF)

The timeline includes communications (letters, texts, and emails) that members of BadgerCare Plus or other Wisconsin Medicaid programs will receive throughout the Unwinding process.


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Last revised February 24, 2023