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Wisconsin health insurance sign-ups increase

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Wisconsin health insurers are signing up more people for Obama-care, now that the program's Web site is closer to being fixed. Milwaukee's Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative helped 140 people sign up over Thanksgiving. That brings the total to almost 880 since the first of October. Common Ground C-E-O Bob De Vita said the sign-ups are better than they were, but not where they need to be.

An estimated 100,000 Wisconsinites are being forced to sign up for Obama-care, since they're losing Badger Care or the state's high-risk insurance that's being phased out. The Obama-care computer delays are why Governor Scott Walker proposed a delay in the dropping of state coverage for three months until the end of March. The Assembly is scheduled to vote on that today.

The W-P-S Arise Health Plan picked up 152 new applicants in the past for the coverage offered in the federal exchange. Still, Arise has only has 436 applicants since the sign-ups began October 1st. National media reports say Healthcare-Dot-Gov is working much better, but there are still problems -- including crashes caused by those just hearing the news about the site's improvements.

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