Obamacare in Wisconsin

Health Insurance

November 1, 2017


Badger State residents have cause to celebrate thanks to Wisconsin’s job outlook rank jumping from 49 to 23. Although Wisconsin spent most of its state life supporting the Republican party, the Democratic party started winning every election between 1988 and 2012. During the 2016 election, the state surprised the country again by voting Republican by a narrow margin. Despite Wisconsin’s unclear politics, the nation’s leading producer of cheese challenged the Affordable Care Act during the law’s Supreme Court debacle, and elected not to expand Medicaid coverage.

Enrollment through the Years

Wisconsinites can choose Obamacare coverage through the federal marketplace. Since 2015, enrollment has increased considerably each year.

  • 207,349 Wisconsinites enrolled in 2015
  • 239,034 Wisconsinites enrolled in 2016
  • 242,863 Wisconsinites enrolled in 2017

In 2017, Wisconsin added 63,758 new enrollees to its marketplace roster in addition to the 179,105 returning from the previous year. Anticipated election year changes may have led over 30,000 Wisconsinites to seek marketplace coverage for the first time in 2016. Most marketplace participants in Wisconsin were in the 55-64 age demographic.

Cost Assistance

Wisconsinites earning between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty limit are eligible for federal subsidies to help defray the cost of monthly premiums. In 2017, 81 percent of marketplace participants received this form of cost assistance. Cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) were extended to the 51 percent of marketplace enrollees who earned no more than 250 percent of the federal poverty limit and chose a silver-level plan in 2017.

Carrier Participation & Plan Availability

In 2017, 15 insurance carriers presented Wisconsinites with a selection of 3,437 health plans. At least three insurers are expected to offer exchange plans to residents in 2018, but insurance choices may be more limited. Plan availability varies by county, and not everyone in Wisconsin will have access to the same plans.

Note: The information provided on this page is constantly being updated with the latest statistical data available. Check back soon for updates.