BadgerCare Plus (http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/)
1-800-362-3002 Member Services

BadgerCare Plus is a new program for children under 19 years of age and families in Wisconsin who need and want health insurance. BadgerCare Plus is for all children, regardless of income. BadgerCare Plus is about more than just children. It also offers access to comprehensive, affordable health care to many families and pregnant women in Wisconsin.

Center for Patient Partnerships (www.patientpartnerships.org)
(608) 890-0321 Advocacy Services
(608) 265-6276 General Business

A small educational center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison dedicated to training future professionals in law, public affairs, pharmacy, social work, medicine, and other related disciplines about health care patient advocacy.

Continuation and Conversion Rights in Insurance

In 1980 the Wisconsin Legislature passed a law relating to continuation and conversion rights in health insurance policies. The federal government passed a law in 1986 that also gives certain individuals the right to continue health care coverage.

Federal COBRA Law (www.dol.gov/dol/topic/health-plans/index.htm)
1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365)
(312) 353-0900 Phone
(312) 353-1023 Fax

For questions on the federal COBRA contact the federal Department of Labor.

Mailing Address
U.S. Department of Labor - Chicago Regional Office
Employee Benefits Security Administration
230 S. Dearborn St., Suite 2160
Chicago, IL 60604

Wisconsin Continuation and Conversion Law (oci.wi.gov)
1-800-236-8517 Statewide
(608) 266-0103 Madison

For questions about the Wisconsin law, contact the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.

Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP) (www.hirsp.org/)
1-800-828-4777 or (608) 221-4551 Customer Service
(608) 226-8770 Fax

The Wisconsin Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP) offers health insurance to Wisconsin residents who, due to their medical conditions, are unable to find adequate health insurance coverage in the private market.

Mailing Address
HIRSP Customer Service
1751 W. Broadway
PO Box 8961
Madison, WI 53708-8961

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) (www.dol.gov/dol/topic/health-plans/portability.htm)

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs.

If your plan is a fully insured group health plan contact:

Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
1-800-236-8517 Statewide
(608) 266-0103 Madison

If your plan is self-insured contact:

The U.S. Department of Labor Regional Office:
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Employee Benefits Security Administration
230 S. Dearborn St., Suite 2160
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 353-0900 Phone
(312) 353-1023 Fax

Medical Information Bureau (MIB) (www.mib.com/)
(866) 692-6901
(866) 346-3642 TTY

The MIB is a private company that insurance companies use to share information about insurance applicants.

If you are denied coverage based on medical history, you may want to find out if you have an MIB file and if so, is it correct. If your file contains incorrect information, you have the right to ask the MIB to correct it. You may obtain a copy of your report by calling or writing to:

Address
MIB, Inc.
50 Braintree Hill Park
Suite 400
Braintree, MA 02184-8734