What's New in Human Services

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) 2016-2017 

We are now accepting early applications for the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP).  To find out if you are eligible for an early application, please call us at (715) 373-6144.  We can help you find the best way for you to apply for the program. 
                                                                    Income Guidelines

Household Size

One Month

Three Months

Annual Income


$2, 181















Find more information about the program at Home Energy Plus WI

Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Period: Oct. 15, 2016-Dec. 7, 2016

Each year from October 15 through December 7, there is an Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), also known as the Open Enrollment Period, for Medicare Beneficiaries to change their Part C and/or Part D plans. 

During the AEP, a person can make any of the following changes:

· Join a Part D plan (if not already enrolled);

· Drop a Part D plan;

· Switch to a new Part D plan;

· Drop a Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare;

· Join a Medicare Advantage plan with or without drug coverage.

Additional information at this link: Medicare Part D Enrollment Information

New Veteran's Energy Assistance Program Piloting in Bayfield County

We are pleased to announce a new program called Welcome Home Veterans Pilot. The Welcome Home Veterans Pilot is an innovative approach to use Federal Low Income Home and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds to provide housing and/or energy assistance to Veterans experiencing homelessness. The funds can be used for any or all of the following: First month’s rent, security deposit, and crisis assistance.

Inquiries about this program should be made to the Bayfield County Veterans Service Office (715) 373-6137.  For general questions about the Energy Assistance program please call the Dept. of Human Services (715) 373-6144.     

This program is available until 9/30/16. 

Service Providers Needed!

Bayfield County Human Services is experiencing a shortage of service providers to assist children with disabilities.  We are looking for: mentors, supportive home care workers, daily living skills coaches, respite providers, and in-home nursing staff.  We have several children with funding approved from the State of Wisconsin, but no people to provide the services they need.  Some of these services are needed on a daily basis, but others are only once or twice per month.  If you have experience working with people with special needs, or you have some extra time and kindness to share with a local family, we NEED YOU!  Please contact the Youth Services Coordinator, Kristin Opperman, at 715-373-6144 x122 or kopperman@bayfieldcounty.org.    

Do you still need health coverage? 

Visit HealthCare.gov to find out if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period or if you could qualify for Medicaid (BadgerCare+). 
Open Enrollment for Marketplace coverage begins November 15, 2014.    

Start planning now for winter!

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) will be available October 1, 2014 for the next heating season.   Applications for the program should be available starting the week of September 8th.  Some people with special circumstances may qualify for an early application and will automatically receive an application.  If you do not receive an application the week of September 8th and would like to request an application form, please call 715-373-6144.

Update to Wisconsin's "Do Not Call" Program

August Brings Consumer-Friendly Changes to Wisconsin's Do Not Call Program.
Link to the full Do Not Call Press Release

Silver Alert Program launches August 1, 2014

The Silver Alert Program notifies the public when an at-risk or vulnerable senior is missing.
Link to the full Silver Alert News Release

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