Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), domestic violence screening and counseling are required to be covered by insurance companies. However, Gov. Scott Walker has decided not to accept funding for expanded Medicaid programs. This means that victims of domestic assault who rely on BadgerCare, Wisconsin's Medicaid program, may be responsible for higher out-of-pocket costs for these services while those covered by private health insurance will have these services completely covered.
In certain emergency rooms, when someone enters, medical professionals look for signs of abuse, including broken bones and bruises. The professionals will also look for patterns of abuse, such as repeated visits to the emergency room and non-specific complaints. Every person who is treated at these emergency rooms is asked about possible incidents of domestic violence. It is reported that victims are more likely to eventually report an incidence of domestic violence if they are continuously screened.