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More information on Obamacare exchanges expected today

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)  We're expected to learn more today about the status of the federal marketplace that Wisconsin will use to provide health insurance to those who need it.

Enrollments in the new exchange begin a week from today.

The Wisconsin Health News is holding a mid-day seminar in Madison with three health care leaders who will discuss issues connected with the exchange set-up that's part of the Affordable Care Act. Around a half-million Wisconsinites are expected to buy coverage from the state's exchange. That includes thousands of Badger-Care recipients who are being told that their current coverage will end when 2013 ends.

State officials and health advocates expect a lot of confusion as people begin to sign up. Donna Friedsam of the U-W Madison Population Health Institute says many of the affected people have never bought health insurance -- and many don't have the bank accounts and credit cards they might need to pay monthly premiums. State Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades has acknowledged the challenge. She recently said quote, "We are in unchartered waters here."