January 18: Member Benefits and the Federal Government Shutdown

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Updates for local agencies, community-based organizations, and providers who provide assistance to members of Wisconsin's health and nutrition public assistance programs.

January 18: Member Benefits and the Federal Government Shutdown

Stakeholder Frequently Asked Questions are now available.

Current Status

At this time, benefits and programs like BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, SeniorCare, Wisconsin Works (W-2), and Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program are not impacted by the federal government shutdown. February benefits are available for those participating in FoodShare, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

DHS wants to remind members that February FoodShare benefits will be available on QUEST cards as early as Sunday, January 20. Members that get these early February benefits will not get additional FoodShare benefits on their QUEST cards in February, so members need to budget and plan accordingly.

DHS is working with the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), as well as other federal and state agencies to explore options for funding benefits in March.

Call Centers

Please note: Income maintenance consortia call centers will close at 3:30 p.m. today to prepare.

Some agencies and consortia call centers will be closed on Monday, January 21 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The call centers for Capital, Great Rivers, Milwaukee County, Southern, and Western consortia will be closed on Monday, January 21. All others will be open for normal business hours.


DHS will continue to post up-to-date information on our FoodShare webpage. Please email any stakeholder questions to DHSFoodSharePolicy@dhs.wisconsin.gov.