UPDATE: Federal gov't releases Wis. health care figures

UPDATED Wednesday, December 11, 2013 --- 9:28 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The federal government says 5,300 Wisconsin residents have signed up for health insurance through the federal website as of Nov. 30.

The government released data Wednesday showing that more than 47,000 residents completed insurance applications through HealthCare.gov, and 5,300 completed the process.

However, the government's numbers are more than a week old. The state released more recent figures Tuesday that are more telling.

According to the state insurance commissioner's office, about 7,200 Wisconsin residents purchased health insurance as of Monday. That's up sharply from the approximately 900 people who signed up in October.

The HealthCare.gov website has been plagued with technical problems since it went live Oct. 1. Users complained the system was unresponsive and wouldn't keep them logged on.

The federal government says many glitches have been eliminated.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 2:24 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- About 7,200 people in Wisconsin have purchased health insurance through the federal website as of Monday.

The latest figures were reported Tuesday by deputy state insurance commissioner Dan Schwartzer. That is up from less than 900 people who signed up in October, the first month that the website, or exchange, was open.

The site has been beset with problems, but Schwartzer and other participants on a panel discussing implementation of the federal law say improvements are being made.

Schwartzer says state officials are "delighted" to see more people getting onto the site. He says insurance agents and insurance providers also are reporting site improvements.

The federal government is expected to release updated enrollment numbers for all states any day.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 5:55 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- As state and federal officials gather in Madison to discuss progress being made on implementing the health care overhaul law, a Democratic lawmaker plans to introduce a bill to bring more Medicaid money to Wisconsin.

State Rep. Melissa Sargent plans to discuss her plan Tuesday that would allow Wisconsin counties to get federal money to pay for expanded Medicaid services, sidestepping Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP-controlled Legislature.

At a separate event, those deeply involved with implementing the law are scheduled to discuss progress.

Scheduled participants include Kathleen Falk, director of a regional office of the federal Department of Health and Human Services and Kevin Moore, deputy secretary of the state department.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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