Oct. 28, 2020

COVID in Wisconsin DoC

by Leon Irby (author's profile)

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Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Governer Tony Evers & Secretary Kevin A. Carr.
Date: March 21, 2020
To: CCI Staff and Persons in Our Care
From: Sue Novak, Warden. Columbia Correctional Institution.
RE: Suspension of Administrative Rules.
Effective immediately, I am suspending administrative rules pursuant to DOC Administrative Code DOC Section 309.22.
The purpose of this suspension of administrative rules is strictly precautionary. Maintaining the safety, health, and well-being of staff and persons in our care is our priority. We will be evaluating this suspension on a regular basis in an effort to restore normal operations as soon as allowable.
cc: Makda Fessahaye, DAI Administrator
Douglas Percy, DAI Assistant Administrator
Stephanie Hove, DAI Assistant Administrator

Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Governer Tony Evers/Secretary Kevin A. Carr.
Date: April 14, 2020
To: All DAI Persons in our Care
From: Kevin A. Carr, Secretary
We continue to see more positive cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) throughout the state, the nation, and the world. These are challenging times, and I recognize how difficult this is for you and your loved ones. The Department of Corrections (DOC) has a responsibility to protect the healthy and safety of those in our care. As the secretary of DOC, I take that responsibility very seriously, and I want you to know that we are doing everything we can to minimize the potential impact and spread of coronavirus in our facilities and keep you safe.
There has been a great deal of information shared on the best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which is especially important in a correctional setting. I am asking each of you to continue to do your part to increase safety by practicing good hand-washing and personal hygiene, covering coughs or sneezes, monitoring health and reporting any symptoms, and following the guidance of healthcare providers. You may also have noticed staff in our facilities wearing cloth masks. In light of information from the CDC, DOC is now permitting and encouraging all staff to bring and wear cloth masks, whenever possible. As you may have heard, there is a nation-wide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), so we are working diligently to provide PPE as resources allow to staff and persons in our care. Ensuring your health and safety remains a critical priority for me, and we will continue to evaluate all opportunities to provide necessary resources for all individuals in our system.
Additionally, a large majority of you will be eligible for Wisconsin's Medicaid program, BaderCare Plus when you leave, and I strongly recommend using your facility procedure and working with staff to apply. BaderCarePlus can provide no-cost or low-cost access to medications, doctor's visits, medical supplies for chronic conditions, mental health treatment, substance use disorder medications, transportation to medical appointments, and can pay for COVID-19 tests and treatment. As an attachment to this letter, you will find a COVID-19 Health Insurance Guide document that discusses obtaining health insurance and paying for medical care in the community. Please continue to access medical care as necessary during your incarceration, and know that we are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus on our facilities.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this difficult time, as we remain devoted to keeping our staff and all persons in our care safe.

[Seal of the State of Wisconsin]
COVID-19 and Health Insurance
Accessing Healthcare during the COVID-19 Pandemic

What are my options for getting health insurance?
BadgerCare Plus (State of Wisconsin Medicaid)
You can apply online at any time using the ACCESS website at access.wisconsin.gov/access.
HealthCare.gov (Federal Health Insurance Plans)
You can enroll in health insurance outside the yearly Open Enrollment Period of you have a change in your situation like losing health coverage. Other qualifying life events that can make you eligible include moving, becoming a U.S. citizen or releasing from jail or prison.
Find free, local help in Wisconsin.
211 Wisconsin connects you with thousands of programs and services in your area. Dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211 for personal assistance.
Covering Wisconsin provides residents with health insurance outreach and enrollment assistance. Call (608) 261-1455 or (414) 270-4677 for help, or visit coveringwi.org/enroll to make an appointment.

How can I pay for a COVID-19 test or treatment?
BadgerCarePlus or other Medicaid programs cover COVID-19 tests and treatment including doctor visits, lab tests, emergency room visits, hospitalizations and telehealth visits.
HealthCare.gov health insurance plans cover COVID-19 tests and visits to the doctor, urgent care or emergency room. Call your insurance company to find out if your plan covers treatment costs.
If you don't have health insurance, the COVID-19 test will be paid for by the government.

If I need to stay home for an extended period of time, how can I get extra medications or medical supplies that I use every day?
BadgerCare Plus can provide no-cost or low-cost access to extra medications or medical supplies you may need. Contact your pharmacy by phone or online to request more medication or medical supplies.
HealthCare.gov plans may allow you to get extra medicine you need. Contact your pharmacy by phone or online to request more medication or medical supplies. Call the member assistance number found on the back of your insurance card if you have a question about a specific medication.

What if I need to see a doctor?
If you think you may have COVID-19, call your doctor's office before getting medical care. Be sure to get treatment if you have trouble breathing or have any other emergency warning signs.
- Call 911 if you think you are having a medical emergency.
- If you don't have a doctor, you can call a local community health center for assistance. Find one near you at findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.
- Call a 24-hour nurse hotline.
- Have a doctor's visit from home (telehealth visit).

Will getting a COVID-19 test or treatment hurt my immigration status?
A COVID-19 test or treatment will not affect your immigration status. Most immigrants are not affected by the federal government's new rules on immigration and public benefits, called public charge. Many programs that help with food, housing and healthcare are still safe for immigrants to use. For more information, visit coveringwi.org/immigration.

This document was developed by the Consumer Outreach and Education Workgroup, which is one of four workgroups of the Advisory Council to the Department of Health Services and Office of the Commissioner of Insurance on Health Insurance Enrollment. The following organizations contribute their staff to the workgroup, ABC for Health, Common Ground Health Plan, Covering Wisconsin, Dean Health Plan, Inc, Partnership Community Health Center, Security Heal Plan, UnityPoint Health, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association.

doc.wi.gov/covid19

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