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Rallies Sunday Supporting Affordable Care Act

Jan 13, 2017
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Ralllies in defense of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are planned across the nation this Sunday, January 15th, with a goal of trying to make sure Congress does not repeal the ACA without having a carefully thought-out replacement plan ready to go.

Kevin Kane, organizing director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, says it's not just a one-day thing, but a process where the people must make their feelings clearly known to legislators.

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Americans are signing up in record numbers for the Affordable Care Act, even though Congress is likely to repeal it soon.

Health and Human Services Regional Director Kathleen Falk was in Appleton this week to get the word out that regardless of what Congress does now, you can still get coverage...

".....that's exactly right, Ken. The insurance companies have committed to honoring the contracts people are entering into. So those who sign up before January 31 can be assured coverage exists through the entire calendar year...."

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An annual report issued by Citizen Action of Wisconsin shows the Affordable Care Act slowed the cost of health insurance increases in Wisconsin, though the long term trend is toward rapid inflation.

Executive Director Robert Kraig says they have data going back to the year 2000 to juxtapose with the recent numbers...

Expert Says Repeal Of ACA Would Hit Wisconsin Hard

Dec 16, 2016
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Spurred by campaign promises made by President-Elect Donald Trump, Republican leaders in Congress are demanding a speedy repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Advocates for Children and Families are asking that legislators slow down and develop a complete replacement plan first. Jon Peacock, research director at the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, said a report from the Urban Institute paints a bleak picture for Wisconsin if the ACA is simply repealed

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A state spokesperson says consumers should take an active role in their insurance choices as the open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act begins.

The Public Information Officer for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, Elizabeth Hizmi says people looking for insurance shouldn't take the first thing they see...

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The news has been busy this week about expected increases in premiums for the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. But a spokesperson for a group supporting Obamacare says there is another side to the story.

Open enrollment begins November 1.

Kevin Kane from Citizen Action of Wisconsin says the increases widely reported are only for plans that are the same as last year....

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Midwest leaders from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services are reminding rural uninsured residents that the deadline to enroll for healthcare is coming soon. The next open window in the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act closes on Sunday.

Stan Gruszynski is state USDA Rural Development Director. He says prior to the the Act, rural families paid nearly 50 percent of health care costs out of pocket. He says nearly one in five farmers are in debt because of medical bills....

People who need health insurance have just about one week left to sign up on the online health exchange. 

The open enrollment period ends March 31st. 

Mary Testin at Wausau’s Bridge Clinic is healthcare Regional Coordinator for Central Wisconsin.  She says a lot of people may have been putting off their decision until now.   

“It seems like people are waking up, because my phone is just ringing off the hook.  The deadline is real, it is not extended.  March 31st is the day, everyone must have healthcare or they’ll get a penalty.”

Northwoods residents have several chances to get help signing up for health insurance through the online marketplace.  Bridge Community Health Clinic has four sessions coming up in Rhinelander, providing one-on-one help. 

The clinic’s Central Wisconsin Enrollment Coordinator Mary Testin says Oneida County residents have been some of the most ready to sign up for health care. 

A health insurance sign-up session was fully booked Wednesday in Rhinelander.  Application counselors from Bridge Clinic in Wausau were on hand to walk people through the process of enrolling in the online exchange. 

Though a fickle internet connection was a frustration, at mid-day AyLee Her said he’d already helped three people sign up. 

“We are gonna be on the clock every hour.  So we’re hoping we don’t have any technical issues.  We should be able to get individuals enrolled within that hour and go on to the next individual.”

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While one deadline to enroll in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has passed, another deadline is approaching in March. People needing help to enroll in Obamacare can meet with experts this week who can help.

Mary Testin is the Regional Enrollment Network lead person for this region.....

 

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Wisconsin could be offering a health care option that is outside the realm of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.

During a stop in Rhinelander last week, Governor Scott Walker said he's been talking to the federal government to have Wisconsin residents get another option outside of the Affordable Care Act protocols.....

 

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Monday is the deadline to pick a plan on the federal health exchange, if you want your coverage to start January 1st.  Most insurance companies are extending the deadline to pay for that coverage…until January 10th. 

Meanwhile healthcare groups in the Northwoods are seeing an uptick in the number of people asking for help signing up via the exchange.

Myra Kubesh is a certified application assistant at Langlade Hospital.  She says many people have questions about whether they qualify for a subsidy...and what kinds of coverage different plans offer. 

Rhinelander health care premiums are falling somewhere in the middle as compared to the rest of the state.  That’s according to a new report from progressive group Citizen Action of Wisconsin.  It compares health insurance rates in different regions statewide.

It finds Madison tends to rank lowest, while the highest premiums are found in the Milwaukee area and in far Northwestern Wisconsin. 

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More people are signing up for health insurance through the federal health exchange, now that some of the website’s bugs have been fixed.  But not everyone’s finding it easy…or affordable. 

Alicia Cook is a certified application assistant at Aspirus Grandview in Ironwood, Michigan.  That means she helps people in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula sign up for health insurance. She says two months into the open enrollment period, people are just starting to come to her for help. 

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