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State officials aggressive in informing Wisconsinites about Obamacare exchanges

MIDDLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s Medicaid director says state officials are being aggressive in spreading the word about the new Obamacare insurance exchanges to those who need them.

About 60 people attended a meeting in Middleton Tuesday, where Brett Davis said he was confident that those who need to learn their options would do so on time.

With enrollments begin October 1st, Davis said the deadline is tight for getting about 600,000 eligible Wisconsinites signed up – but Davis believes many private health groups will help get the job done.

At Tuesday’s meeting, representatives of hospitals, clinics, insurers, veterans’ groups, and others expressed concerns about the enormity of getting around 600,000 people to make informed choices for their health coverage, which begins in the exchanges on January 1st.

Davis expects about 1,000 people to attend meetings over the next two weeks, where people will be trained to help thousands sign up.

Wisconsin is among 34 states which decided not to set up their own state government exchange, leaving it to the federal government instead. As a result, the state and health groups only got around $4 million to train people for helping spread the word.

Officials have a goal of September 16th to finalize the details for the exchanges. A week later, about 92,000 BadgerCare recipients say they’ll be dropped due to state budget cuts – and they’ll have to join the state’s other uninsured residents in signing up for the exchanges.