Resources available for health insurance sign-up [The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis.]
|By Eric Lindquist, The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis.|
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The Chippewa County Affordable Care Action Team, a group comprised of several county entities, including lead agency
"Ultimately, our goal is to get people the coverage they need without a gap in services,"
That total includes an estimated 5,200 county residents without health insurance, 800 childless adults who were on a waiting list for BadgerCare coverage and 800 individuals who were receiving BadgerCare but will be forced to get coverage through the federal marketplace after Gov.
Walker rejected federal money that would have paid to keep those earning up to 138 percent of poverty enrolled in
With health insurance coverage mandatory under the new law, uninsured residents who don't sign up for coverage will face fines for 2014 equal to the greater of
At least 40 people representing a host of agencies attended an initial meeting Monday of an informal group seeking to serve a similar role in
While a limited number of trained navigators and counselors will be available locally, including at area health care providers, to help people with the process,
Computers will be available at public libraries and local human services departments for people who don't have Internet access to use for enrollment.
The key things people must have available to enroll in health insurance plans through the marketplace are their
"We're not getting too many questions yet," Winter said. "However, we do look at that changing in the next 30 days."
The access to coverage could affect taxpayers as well, Kowalczyk said, noting that uninsured county inmates have rung up
Statewide, roughly 92,000 people on BadgerCare will begin receiving letters this week from the state notifying them that their coverage is ending. The letters also notify
Those losing coverage must apply for insurance through the marketplace by
Lindquist can be reached at 715-833-9209, 800-236-7077 or [email protected].
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