New FAQs about Suspension of Benefits for Incarcerated Members

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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.

New FAQs about Suspension of Benefits for Incarcerated Members

Frequently asked questions are now available with information about suspension of health care benefits for incarcerated Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus members. These FAQs provide information about how suspension of benefits affects:

  • Eligibility and enrollment
  • Pregnant women and newborns
  • Health maintenance organization enrollment
  • Elderly, Blind, or Disabled Medicaid
  • Comprehensive Community Services


Starting on October 24, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections implemented a suspension of health care benefits process for individuals participating in Wisconsin Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus who are incarcerated. This process helps ensure that individuals who qualify for BadgerCare Plus or Wisconsin Medicaid are able to access health care services immediately upon release from jail or prison.

Other Resources

DHS hosted an informational webinar on suspension of benefits in early 2021. View the presentation slides and watch the webinar recording for more information.