Help for Single Mothers in Wisconsin: The Ultimate Guide

The state of Wisconsin has several financial aid programs for single mothers & needy households. Life of single mothers in Wisconsin is tough especially with the unemployment rate edging to 7.1%. Surviving on single income & paying for housing, food, medicine, transportation & other living expenses is very tough for single moms. For this reason, we will outline the food share program in Wisconsin, educational & housing programs.

i) Wisconsin Food Share

The Foodshare program in Wisconsin aims to help low income single mothers & needy families provide nutritious meals for their children. The dollar value of food benefits that a family can receive depends on the # of people in the family, monthly gross income, and what’s left over after expenses such as rent, utilities, etc are deducted. Eligible families must not have assets exceeding $2,000 or $3,000 for those with a disabled member in the family to be eligible for food stamp benefits.

With food stamp benefits, needy families can purchase breads & cereals, fruits & vegetables, meat, fish & poultry, dairy products & seeds/plants to grow their own food. Be aware that households cannot buy items of alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco, wine, beer, pet food, soap & paper products, vitamins or other medicines.

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Applications for Foodshare program can be made by visiting your state’s office or online by visiting this website: https://access.wisconsin.gov To find an agency or office nearest to you, visit this link https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/em/index.htm

Website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodshare/eligibility.htm

ii) Wisconsin ForwardHealth Medicaid

Wisconsin’s Medicaid system is known as ForwardHealth and aims to assist low income & needy families pay for their health care expenses via subsidies & discounts. There’s various programs including:

  • Elderly, Blind or Disabled Medicaid that provides benefits to disabled people & those over 65 years of age
  • Medicaid Deductible Plan helps those people with high medical bills & if their income is higher than the program income limits.
  • Emergency Services Plan helps in times of medical emergency to pay for hospitalization & treatment costs.

For children under the age of 19, health insurance can be obtained by the BadgerCare Plus program for Children & Families. Income limits do not apply for this program. BadgerCare Plus is meant for those families who have higher income levels up to 200% of the FPL, which is $36,620 for a family of three. Common services provided are:

i) Standard Plan – Dental services, hospice care, physician & physical care services, speech, hearing & language disorders, tuberculosis services, etc.

ii) Core Plan (BadgerCare Plus) – Doctor visits, hospital services, prescription drugs, speech & occupational therapy, dialysis, kidney services, etc.

A listing of all services covered & medical benefit plans available can be found by visiting their website here https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/index.htm Visit the URL below for Wisconsin Medicaid organization’s website.

Website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/medicaid/index.htm

iii) Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program

Wisconsin Child Care Subsidy program aims to help low income families be able afford proper health care and for all parents, childcare health expenses are subsidized for those children under the age of 13 years (19 years for disabled children). There are income requirements that determine eligibility. For example, a household with 2 people must have total gross income of less than or equal to $2,246 to be eligible for this program. Full table can be obtained by visiting the website below.

A parent who is eligible for child care health subsidy must participate in one of these activities:

– Participate in an employment related skills program
– Participate in a W-2 employment program
– Attend high school (for teen parents under 20 years)
– Participate in food stamp employment program

Full list of criteria can be obtained by visiting the website below.

Website: http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/childcare/wishares/eligibility.htm

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