Door County Economic Support

Door County Economic Support Door County Economic Support Unit is a part of Door County Health and Human Services Department. Programs managed under the Economic Support Unit: FoodShare, BadgerCare/Medicaid, Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy, and Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
05/12/2020

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

UPDATE on FPUC Back Payments: All FPUC back payments were completed overnight on Friday, May 8, for all eligible claimants and should show up in the claims portal under benefit payment history.

Going forward with Week 18, your benefits will be combined and will look like this image. To find this in your claims portal click "Benefits Payment History," then the week (ex: 14/20).

For Immediate Release5/1/2020Contact: Cori McFarlane, Door County Dept. of Health & Human Services                 cmcfa...
05/04/2020
Door County Coronavirus Information

For Immediate Release
5/1/2020
Contact: Cori McFarlane, Door County Dept. of Health & Human Services
[email protected]; 92-746-7155

May is Mental Health Month, and it has never been more important than this year. Awareness of mental health and wellness is not just for the one in five people with a mental health concern in any given year. As we all try to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus on our daily lives, all of us are experiencing some degree of isolation, loneliness, stress and anxiety.
In years past, the Mental Health Focus Group of Door County has typically hosted a community event featuring a speaker or film discussion highlighting a mental health topic in May. This year, despite the need to practice social distancing, the group has come up with some other great activities to get the community involved and to shine a light on mental health.
 Thursday, May 7 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. We’re calling all youngsters – and the young at heart – to “Chalk It Up to End Stigma!” Let’s color our neighborhood driveways and sidewalks with positive messages about mental wellness, words of thanks for the helpers among us, and cheerful pictures to instill hope and joy in the midst of loneliness. We encourage you to send a photo of your chalk creation to [email protected], with subject line “chalk drawings”, and we may post it at #Door County Mental Wellness. Creativity supports mental wellness!

 Friday, May 15 at 6:00, join us for a community-wide Front Porch Gathering to remind us “We’re All in This Together”. Turn your porch light on in support of mental health, and gather in front of your homes to safely connect with your neighbors. Connections support mental wellness!

 The week of May 17-23, make cards and write letters to individuals isolated in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, or a senior citizen feeling lonely at home.* Supporting others supports mental wellness!

 The week of May 24-30, write heartfelt thank you notes to our selfless health care workers and first responders.* Gratitude supports mental wellness!
* Mail cards and letters directly to individuals or facilities, or send to or drop off at the Door County Aging and Disability Resource Center, 916 N. 14th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, and we’ll help with delivery. [If dropping off at the ADRC, please call ahead (920-746-2372) to be sure someone is available to meet you at the door.]
If you or someone you know needs some extra support during this time, there are resources available.
The Door County Emergency Support Coalition (DCESC) has implemented the Mental and Emotional Support Helpline (MESH), comprised of volunteers with experience in human services, counseling or social work, is available to reach out to those who request NON-EMERGENCY assistance and support with anxiety, loneliness, isolation, fear, grief, and other emotional responses to the COVID-19 crisis. MESH volunteers are available most days from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 pm. To request mental and emotional support for COVID-19 and other available resources, contact DCESC at https://doorcountypulse.com/tag/covid-19 or call 920-421-9111 for Northern Door or 920-746-6927 for Central and Southern Door.
The Department of Health and Human Services also offers supportive contacts, as well as information and referrals, ongoing counseling, and case management supports for those who need it. Call 920-746-7155 to access these services. For 24/7 help in a mental health crisis, call 920-746-2588.
The tools each of us uses to keep us mentally healthy will be unique. But the Mental Health Focus Group of Door County and Mental Health America want everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is possible. Finding what works for you may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes.

For more information, visit “Door County Mental Wellness” on Facebook, or Mental Health America at www.mhanational.org/may, #Tools2Thrive.

Informaiton and resources for Door County residents and visitors about COVID-19.

05/01/2020
Wisconsin Department of Health Services

 FoodShare applicants may not need to do an interview

If you are applying for FoodShare, make sure you give us as much information as possible. If we have all the information necessary to process your application, then you may not need to do an interview with your agency before you can get benefits. This applies for both April and May 2020. If you do not provide all the necessary information, your agency will contact you for more information.

This information is shared from DHS.WISCONSIN.GOV/COVID-19/forwardhealth

GET THE LATEST ON COVID-19 — www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/ SAFER AT HOME AND BADGER BOUNCE BACK PLAN — www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/prepare.htm PUBLIC MEETINGS — during a public health emergency

Families will get temporary food benefits in place of free or reduced price school mealsDue to school closures as a resu...
05/01/2020
Wisconsin to Provide Temporary Food Benefits for Children Missing School Meals

Families will get temporary food benefits in place of free or reduced price school meals

Due to school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, families with a child or children who usually get free or reduced price school meals will get temporary food benefits in place of the school meals. These benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.
The benefits will be given out at different times based on the information we have. If we do not have your information, you may need to apply for the benefits. You will be notified if you need to apply for the benefits. YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE ANY ACTION AT THIS TIME.
DHS is reaching out to families eligible for the program through direct messaging and mailed letters to let them know how to access their funds. For families that are already part of benefit programs with the state, the funds will be placed on their QUEST cards or a dedicated P-EBT card. Families not currently participating in state benefit programs that are eligible will need to apply separately. DHS is partnering with the Department of Public Instruction to spread the word to those families.

To read the full DHS release:

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/042920.htm

In a COVID-free world, more than 400,000 Wisconsin children receive free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program while attending school.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
05/01/2020

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Wondering which unemployment program may fit for you? We've created a helpful decision chart here:https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/publications/ui/pua-18786-p.pdf

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
04/30/2020

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

This week and next, back payments for federal stimulus dollars from the FPUC program (Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, the $600 weekly benefit) will be issued to eligible claimants with eligible weeks dating back to the week ending April 4, 2020.

With weekly claims going forward from today, the FPUC benefit will show up in your claims portal as an additional line item as seen here.

Do you have questions about the Economic Stimulus Payments? Most eligible tax filers and Social Security recipients will...
04/11/2020
Economic Impact Payments | Internal Revenue Service

Do you have questions about the Economic Stimulus Payments? Most eligible tax filers and Social Security recipients will receive the payment automatically. Those who don't file or aren't required to file will have different steps to take. See this IRS official page for more information.

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

We’re committed to helping yout get your economic impact, or stimulus, payment as soon as possible. See if you are eligible for an Economic Impact Payment.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today that over 215,000 Wisconsin Households will receive addition...
04/10/2020
Over 215,000 Wisconsin Households to Receive Additional FoodShare Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today that over 215,000 Wisconsin Households will receive additional FoodShare Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Wisconsin is able to provide FoodShare recipients with the maximum monthly benefit amount, based on the number of people in their household, for two months.

*****Households do not need to do anything and do not need to call their consortium to receive the additional benefits. Eligible households will receive a letter notifying them of the benefit increases unless they are already receiving the maximum allotments******

See the complete news release here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/041020.htm

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that more than 215,000 FoodShare households will be receiving additional benefits. These benefits will help those Wisconsin families stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WIC Mom Strong
04/01/2020

WIC Mom Strong

Unfortunately, there are people experiencing a decrease in income during the COVID-19 crisis. If you find yourself struggling financially, WIC can help! If you're a parent, caretaker or foster parent and you have children 5 years of age and under, you may qualify for WIC benefits.

WIC has YOUR back! 💪🏻💪🏽💪🏾 To learn more and sign up visit WICMomStrong.com #WICMomStrong #InThisTogether

Tax relief payment information is available on the IRS website link below. If you dont have taxable income and haven't f...
04/01/2020
Coronavirus Tax Relief | Internal Revenue Service

Tax relief payment information is available on the IRS website link below. If you dont have taxable income and haven't filed income taxes, you may still be eligible to file a special form to receive the stimulus payment. See the site link attached for details:

To explain the tax relief for those affected by coronavirus.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
03/25/2020

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

In this unpredictable time, you can count on WIC. Your WIC benefits are valid, and will continue to be in the months to come. While some local clinics are closed for in-person appointments, they're still doing business by phone and can issue benefits remotely. Find your nearest WIC clinic: dhs.wisconsin.gov/wic/clinic-locations.htm
#WICWednesday #WICsconsin

Door County Medical Center
03/25/2020

Door County Medical Center

Door County Medical Center and its community partners are excited to be forming a cooperative team dedicated to providing meals to those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak. See the attached flyer for further details.

03/04/2020

The following information is shared from The SMP {Senior Medicare Patrol} Scoop-February 2020 newsletter::

"NEW Medicare Scam Alert! We have been made aware of a new scam that is impacting Medicare beneficiaries across the country, including right here in Wisconsin. Scammers are contacting Medicare beneficiaries by telephone to notify them that the government will be converting all Medicare cards to a plastic chip card. For your new “chip card” to be processed, you just need to verify your Medicare number and your updated card will be on its way.

Here’s the Scoop: It’s a scam! The government is NOT converting Medicare cards to a new format. This is just another way for fraudsters to get your Medicare number and possibly submit claims to Medicare with your number for payment. If you receive this call, simply hang up! Or better yet, if you don’t recognize the number that is calling you, don’t answer the call in the first place. This is the best way for
you to PROTECT yourself from possible Medicare fraud.

Stop Abbreviating 2020. Multiple warnings have been published encouraging people to write out the entire year, 2020, when dating checks or other legal documents.

Here’s the Scoop: This is a concern because this year’s abbreviation could be easily changed by scammers and used against you, perhaps to establish an unpaid debt or to cash an old check. If a document is dated 2/10/20, scammers can easily change that to a new date of 2/10/2018 or 2/10/2021 or any date that might be advantageous to them. This new habit might save you some trouble down the road. "

❗️Be Aware of Fraudulent Websites When Applying for and Managing FoodShare BenefitsThe Wisconsin Department of Health Se...
02/20/2020
ACCESS Wisconsin | Apply for and manage state of Wisconsin benefits

❗️Be Aware of Fraudulent Websites When Applying for and Managing FoodShare Benefits

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Food and Nutrition Service have become aware of a fraudulent website, "foodstamps.com"

As a reminder, FoodShare members and applicants should only use the ACCESS website to apply for and manage their FoodShare benefits or the MyACCESS mobile app to manage benefits. Members getting FoodShare benefits can also view information about their FoodShare account using the ebtEDGE mobile app.

WWW.ACCESS.WI.GOV

Notice something different? ACCESS has a new and improved look! Besides the home page, you may notice some other ACCESS pages have been updated. Check out what’s changed.

ACCESS Website Got a Makeover!On February 1, ACCESS was updated to a newer look. As a result of these updates, the brows...
02/04/2020
ACCESS Wisconsin | Apply for and manage state of Wisconsin benefits

ACCESS Website Got a Makeover!
On February 1, ACCESS was updated to a newer look. As a result of these updates, the browser compatibility requirements for the ACCESS website have changed. The ACCESS website will now work best in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and the latest version of Microsoft Edge. You may experience issues if you use Internet Explorer, Safari, or older versions of Microsoft Edge.

ACCESS connects you with help applying for benefits and programs, and is a place you can monitor your benefits you receive.

To see the Wisconsin ACCESS site, follow this link: https://access.wisconsin.gov/access/

Notice something different?ACCESS has a new and improved look! Besides the home page, you may notice some other ACCESS pages have been updated. Check out what’s changed.

Door County Sheriff's Office
01/28/2020

Door County Sheriff's Office

Quick Tip Tuesday!

What to look out for!

The call or email says there is a problem with your Social Security Number or account.

Someone asking you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, wire transfers, pre-paid debit cards, internet currency, or by mailing cash.

Scammers pretend they’re from Social Security or another government agency. Caller ID or documents sent by email may look official but they are not.

Callers threaten you with arrest or other legal action.

Social Security may call you in some situations but will never!

Threaten you

Suspend your Social Security Number

Demand immediate payment from you

Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer

Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash

Protect yourself, friends and family!

If you receive a questionable call, hang up and report it at oig.ssa.gov or contact the Sheriff’s Office

Don’t be embarrassed to report a financial loss or sharing information

Learn more at oig.ssa.gov/scam

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The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) is still taking applications! WHEAP services aim to assist Wisconsi...
01/10/2020

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) is still taking applications!
WHEAP services aim to assist Wisconsin homes in reducing their energy burdens and can provide a financial benefit toward your heat and/or electric bills for qualifying applicants.

To apply for energy assistance, please contact your local agency at 920-746-7155 by May 15, 2020 to apply for this current heating season benefit.

Did you know that applying for WHEAP also refers you to the Weatherization Assistance Program which can reduce your home’s energy consumption and Furnace Assistance Program if your heating system stops operating?

For more information on the Energy Assistance Program visit www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov.

United Way of Door County
01/10/2020

United Way of Door County

Plan to hear more about ALICE in 2020

12/27/2019

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS FOR BADGERCARE PLUS AND MEDICAID MEMBERS:
You may have recently received a notice from Forward Health. This is a reminder that per a recent Member ForwardHealth Update, Copays (typically $1-$3 at the pharmacy or doctors office) for BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid Services Will Temporarily Stop.

Due to change being made to the copay system, no copays can be collected from January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020.

Hold on to the update you received from Forward Health and bring it with you to the pharmacy, your clinic, or the hospital to make sure your providers know they cannot collect any copays from you for services from.

Any services you get before January 1, 2020, may still have copays. For example, if you refill your
pharmacy prescriptions before January 1, 2020, but pick it up after January 1, you may still have a copay.

Some clinics never collect copays from Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus members. If that is the case for you,
this change will not affect you.

If you have questions about this change, please contact Member Services at 800-362-3002.

Address

421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI
54235

Government Center, 2nd Floor

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(920) 746-7155

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What We Do

County agencies that provide eligibilty services for programs such as FoodShare, BadgerCare, Medicaid and Wisconsin Shares Child Care are often called income maintenance or economic support agencies. All Wisconsin county or tribal agencies have divided to form 11 consortium in the state. Door County is part of the Bay Lake Consortium (along with Marinette, Oconto, Shawano and Brown Counties). Each consortium has its own call center to help with eligibility services (helping you apply or renew your benefits, provide information, and process changes). To apply for benefits, ask questions, or report changes, you can call the Bay Lake Consortium at 1-888-794-5747. You can also go to our office in person during regular office hours. The office location has a phone, fax and computer in the lobby for benefit purposes. The phone can be used to call the call center. The computer can be used to check your benefits, or apply through the ACCESS.WI.GOV website. In the lobby you can also access applications, pamphlets and front desk staff to help with basic questions.

Door County Economic Support also houses the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). This program provides assistance for heat and electric costs and energy crisis assistance. The heat and electric benefit is a one-time seasonal benefit that pays a portion of your energy costs. Applications for the seasonal benefit are taken during the “heating season” between October 1st to May 15th. Crisis assistance is available year round and can assist if you have no heat, have received a disconnect notice, are out or nearly out of fuel and unable to purchase more, or in need of counceling on budgeting/money management to avoid heat/energy crisis. Contact the 746-7155 office number for more information.