Open enrollment begins for United Way health insurance program

According to the U.S. Census, more than 25,000 Dane County residents do not have health insurance, but nearly one-tenth of that population has benefited from the United Way of Dane County’s HealthConnect program for economically disadvantaged working individuals and families.

Open enrollment for the program can be done through enrollment for certain plans offered in the Health Insurance Marketplace (, commonly referred to as the health care exchange. Enrollment began Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15.

HealthConnect, offered since 2014 in partnership with UW Health, makes medical insurance more affordable by paying the balance of monthly premiums for plans purchased through the exchange. For qualified residents who enroll in their plan by Dec. 15, the entire cost of their monthly premium can be covered starting in Jan. 2020.

To determine whether you qualify, visit the HealthConnect website and fill out the application, or call United Way 2-1-1, a 24/7 information and referral service, for a printed form. The program is available on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as resources remain available.