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Wisconsin hiring health insurance "navigators" for 2014 Affordable Care Act deadline

Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - You’ll be hearing a lot more about Obama-care soon, as Wisconsin gears up for those parts not rejected by Governor Scott Walker – and that leaves quite a bit.

The Wisconsin State Journal says “navigators” will soon be hired to help people get enrolled in coverage if they’re already not.

A public information campaign will begin.

Also, details will be released for the private insurance plans to be offered in the program’s new health exchanges.

Lisa Olson of the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association says the goal is to get as many people as possible informed about their options – so they can make the right ones when the exchanges begin enrolling people on October first. Most Americans will have to be under some type of plan by January first, or else they’ll be fined.

Officials say the state government’s exchange will insure about 250,000 people, or half those who are now without insurance.

The proposed state budget would move about 90,000 childless adults from Badger-Care to the state’s exchange.

Those affected would be those barely over the poverty line.

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