The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Office of the Insurance Commissioner are making efforts to boost private and government health coverage, WPR reports.

State Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm announced that her department was awarding $500,000 in existing funds to Covering Wisconsin, a group that helps people sign up for insurance on the federal marketplace,, and Medicaid, known as BadgerCare in Wisconsin.

She told WPR:

“Lack of health insurance affects far too many Wisconsin families,” said Palm, who noted more than half those who are uninsured have a job but can’t afford coverage.

Health officials estimate that more than 400,000 people in Wisconsin had no medical insurance at some point last year.

Read more about plans to help insure more Wisconsinites here.