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Wisconsin has launched a new website to help residents get health insurance at a time when many have lost their employer-linked plans due to layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new site, WisCovered.com, connects Wisconsinites with free advice on obtaining health coverage. It’s available in English, Spanish and Hmong, and it also links people by phone to organizations like Covering Wisconsin and the United Way’s 211. It includes information about how to access health insurance on the federal government’s HealthCare.gov and Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Plus.
The website directs residents who have trouble with their insurance on how to file a complaint.
“Healthcare shouldn’t be a privilege afforded only to the healthy and wealthy, and we have to do everything we can to make sure folks can access quality, affordable healthcare in Wisconsin,” Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement. “WisCovered.com is a new resource to connect folks with experts who can help find the right health insurance solution, whether that’s private insurance or BadgerCare Plus.”
State unveils new site to connect Wisconsinites with health insurance options — Wisconsin State Journal
The coronavirus is far from over: What Milwaukee residents need to know — Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Multiple Green Bay-area restaurants, golf course temporarily close due to coronavirus concerns — Green Bay Press Gazette
COVID-19 slowing police, community interaction efforts — Beloit Daily News
Data to note
Just 41% of grocery store shoppers in 20 Wisconsin counties wore masks when exiting a store, according to an observational study by students in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical Scientist Training Program.
The students observed 3,271 shoppers between May 16 and June 1 and found that mask use varied by age group and gender.
“There was a higher prevalence of face covering use by older adults (59.5%) compared to minors (26.2%), young adults (34.8%), and adults (39.9%) and by females (44.8%) compared to males (36.9%),” the study found.
Public health experts have called mask-wearing a crucial tool for limiting the spread of COVID-19.
WPR has more on the study.
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