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Obamacare update: 13 insurance companies have few sign-ups from Wisconsin


UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Thirteen Wisconsin health insurers have not gotten much business from Obama-care, but none are publicly crying foul yet. The federal government promised that its online purchasing exchange would be ready by October 1st, when the sign-ups began. Instead, Healthcare-Dot-Gov has been plagued with so many problems that President Obama admitted his frustrations yesterday. Up to 700,000 Wisconsinites will be required to buy coverage from the exchanges by December 15th, so they can be insured by January 1st and avoid penalties.

W-P-S of Madison has had about 20 people enroll in its Arise plan so far. Spokeswoman Ellen Foley says the company is taking phone applications, and will contact those people later. In her words, "It's just going to take a lot more time than we thought."

Marty Anderson of Security Health Plan in Marshfield said there's been more interest than anticipated, and folks are being patient. Security has had about 55 exchange enrollments in the past three weeks.

Meanwhile, agencies that help people sign up for Obama-care are getting stymied. Tanya Hudson of Milwaukee Health Services says people want information and quote, "There isn't any real information." Obama said his administration is doing all it can, but it has no timetable to fix the system.