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BadgerCare coverage for thousands of poor Wisconsinites could start today

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The federal health care reform law has identified 32,000 low income Wisconsinites as being eligible for the state's BadgerCare health program.  

Some of those people could receive coverage as early as Wednesday, when key parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect for the New Year.  

State Medicaid director Brett Davis wrote the affected residents last week to explain their options. The 32,000 referrals were almost twice the 18,000 referrals announced a month ago. They were made by the Obamacare online purchasing exchanges, which are now handling hundreds of thousands more cases now that the system's early computer glitches are disappearing.  

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the early referrals represent about a-third of the 94,000 adults expected to sign up for state coverage as the result of Obamacare.  

Some of the referrals appear to involve people who've been eligible for BadgerCare for a long time, but are only coming forward now because of the Obamacare requirement to get covered by January 1st.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)