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Push for federal healthcare sign-ups on in far northern Wisconsin
More and more people are signing up for the Affordable Care Act in far northern Wisconsin. But advocates are still pushing for more enrollment. Brad Phenow reports.
Northwest Concentrated Employment Program is still holding free information sessions across Northwestern Wisconsin to help people learn about the insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act.
The sessions focus on getting rid of misconceptions about the Affordable Care Act and educating people on how the insurance can help people. Marcy Pratt is the Project Coordinator in Ashland, covering the far northern counties. She says they are kicking into high gear as the March 31st deadline nears.
“We’ve been doing quite a bit more marketing, and we’ve been getting quite a few more people into our educational events.”
She says these information sessions have been successful.
“Enrollments in Wisconsin are up, some of it because of the information we’re giving out. We know there is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of misunderstanding of what the Affordable Care Act does.”
Pratt says as the deadline gets closer, they get busier.
“The last minute rush has already started. In January we didn’t have as many calls as we are getting now, a lot more people coming in for one-on-one assistance.”
According to the Health and Human Services report ending on February 1st, more than 56,000 Wisconsinites has selected a market place plan. Forty-three percent are between the ages of 55 and 64. Seventy percent who have signed up selected the silver plan. Pratt says it’s important to sign up with enough time for the process to be complete.
“People should sign up for the Affordable Care Act by March 15th so they can have coverage by April 1st.”
She says if you remain uninsured past the deadline you may face a fine on your 2014 taxes. The fine is a minimum of 95 dollars, or one percent of your income up to 285 dollars. To apply for the insurance go to healthcare.gov, and for a list of future informational sessions visit www.nwcep.org.
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