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1.1 Introduction to Medicaid

1.1.1 Introduction

1.1.2 Subprograms of Medicaid

1.1.3 Financial Introduction Assets Elderly, Blind, or Disabled Fiscal Group Disabled Minors Income

1.1.4 Health Care Choice

1.1.5 How to Apply

1.1.1 Introduction

Wisconsin Medicaid is a state/federal program that provides health coverage for Wisconsin residents who are elderly, blind, or disabled or receive WWWMA . Medicaid is also known as Medical Assistance, MA, and Title 19.

1.1.2 Subprograms of Medicaid

There are different subprograms of Medicaid:


A person may fit into one (or more) of the above subprograms based on nonfinancial factors. A person is eligible if he or she meets all Medicaid nonfinancial and financial requirements. Individuals who are not elderly, blind or disabled may be eligible for BadgerCare Plus. See the BadgerCare Plus Handbook for more information.

1.1.3 Financial Introduction

See Section 39.4 Elderly, Blind, or Disabled Assets and Income Tables for EBD asset limits. See Section 25.7.2 Financial Tests for TB-related asset limits. See Section Disabled Minors to determine Medicaid eligibility for disabled minors who fail BadgerCare Plus financial tests. Assets

The EBD fiscal group’s assets must be within the appropriate categorically needy or medically needy asset limit before any member of that group can qualify for Medicaid. EBD fiscal groups that have assets in excess of the appropriate EBD asset limit are ineligible for Medicaid. Elderly, Blind, or Disabled Fiscal Group

An EBD fiscal group includes the individual who is nonfinancially eligible for Medicaid and anyone who lives with him or her, who is legally responsible for him or her. EBD FTG s will always be a group of one or two. Spouses who live together are in each other’s fiscal group. This means that the income and assets of both spouses are counted when determining Medicaid eligibility for either or both spouses. The fiscal group size for this situation/living arrangement is two.


There are some exceptions to this concept. A blind or disabled minor living with his or her parents would be a one-person fiscal group. Special instructions for deeming parental income and assets to the disabled minor are described in Section 24.1 SSI Related Medicaid Introduction.


Another exception to the fiscal group policy involves SSI recipients. If one spouse is applying for EBD Medicaid and the other spouse is an SSI recipient, the spouse who is an SSI recipient is not included in the other spouse’s fiscal group. For this situation you would again have a one-person fiscal group when determining the Medicaid eligibility of the non-SSI spouse.


An individual applying for LTC Medicaid, including institutional, HCBW, Family Care, PACE, Partnership, or IRIS would be a one-person fiscal group. If the individual is married, refer to Section 18.1 Spousal Impoverishment Introduction for special instructions regarding spousal impoverishment procedures. Disabled Minors

A blind or disabled minor (or dependent 18-year-old) can have his or her Medicaid eligibility determined according to special procedures when the disabled minor fails the BadgerCare Plus eligibility test or when the parent chooses to decline BadgerCare Plus for his or her child and have his or her child receive EBD Medicaid, if eligible (see Section 15.1.2 Special Financial Tests for Disabled Minors). Income

See Section 39.4 Elderly, Blind, or Disabled Assets and Income Tables for EBD income limits. See Section 39.5 Federal Poverty Level Table for all other Medicaid income limits. Chapters for each type of Medicaid explain how to determine the income that you compare to the income limits.


See Section 39.4.2 Elderly, Blind, or Disabled Deductions and Allowances for TB-related income limits.

1.1.4 Health Care Choice

Once an individual has been determined eligible for EBD Medicaid, he or she must be enrolled in EBD Medicaid even if he or she is also eligible for BadgerCare Plus, unless he or she has a change in circumstances that results in ineligibility for EBD Medicaid. The only exception to this policy is pregnant women who are eligible for both EBD Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus. In these instances, the pregnant woman will be enrolled in BadgerCare Plus.


If an individual is pending for EBD Medicaid or has an unmet deductible for EBD Medicaid, the individual is not considered eligible for EBD Medicaid and can enroll in BadgerCare Plus. Pending for EBD Medicaid includes, but is not limited to, waiting for a disability determination from DDB or not being eligible for Medicare. If an individual enrolled in EBD Medicaid becomes ineligible for EBD Medicaid for any reason, including going over the asset limit or failure to pay a MAPP premium, he or she can enroll in BadgerCare Plus if he or she is still eligible to do so.

1.1.5 How to Apply

The following application options are available for anyone who is applying for EBD Medicaid:


Click here to view the directory of local IM agencies in Wisconsin or call Member Services at (800) 362-3002.




This page last updated in Release Number: 15-01

Release Date: 06/10/2015

Effective Date: 06/10/2015