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Economic Support

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The Economic Support section provides access to and eligibility for public assistance programs.

Public Assistance Programs administered at Portage County Health and Human Services include:

  • BadgerCare Plus
  • Medicaid – Elderly, Blind, and Disabled
  • Family Care
  • Family Planning Services
  • FoodShare
  • FoodShare Employment and Training Program
  • Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy
  • Caretaker Supplement

Who can apply for these programs?

No one can be denied the opportunity to apply for these programs, however, there are eligibility criteria that must be met.  Visit the website to see the specific guidelines for applying for each program.

What are the eligibility requirements for these programs?

The eligibility requirements are slightly different for each program.  Eligibility is determined by family size, income, assets, and other household information.  “Am I Eligible” is a tool located on that allows information to be entered to determine what programs a household may be eligible for.

What will be expected of me in the application process?

Some programs require an appointment with an eligibility worker.  All programs may require additional verification including proof of income, assets, residence, and other related family information.

Where and how do I apply?

Applications are available at Portage County Health and Human Services at 817 Whiting Avenue and can also be submitted online at  To have an application mailed or for any other questions regarding the application process contact the IM Central Consortium call center at 1-888-445-1621.  You may also call 715-345-5350 and choose option 7 which will also connect you with the IM Central Consortium call center.


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