UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) Almost 41,000 Wisconsinites signed up for health insurance by the end of December under the federal government's purchasing exchange. That's way more than the 5,000 state residents who had signed up by the end of November. However, just six-percent of the expected 700,000 Wisconsinites who need Obama-care coverage have signed up for it. That number includes those previously uninsured, plus Badger-Care recipients and high-risk pool members who will lose their state coverage at the end of March.
The Obama-care exchanges opened up in October -- but problems with the Healthcare-Dot-Gov Web site made it difficult to sign up through October and much of November. This year's deadline for getting coverage through the exchanges is March 31st.
Concerns have been raised that not enough young and healthy people will sign up, thus leaving less in premium revenues to treat older and sicker adults. However, Nancy Delew of the U-S Department of Health and Human Services says those 55-to-64 were expected to sign up early -- and younger adults are expected to wait until the enrollment deadline gets closer.