Loading

47°F

45°F

52°F

47°F

52°F

47°F

47°F

48°F

52°F
NEWS STORIES

Governor's administration predicts some health insurance rates will skyrocket under Affordable Care Act; opposition groups call numbers Submitted: 09/03/2013
Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com


RHINELANDER - The Census Bureau estimates one out of every 10 people in Wisconsin who are too young for Medicare have no health insurance at all.

In January, by law, they'll have to be insured.

In less than a month, people can shop for plans on a new insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

On Tuesday, Governor Walker's administration warned those plans could be costly.

The administration said average rates could increase by as much as 125 percent between this year and last year for certain parts of the population.

But some Wisconsin groups believe Tuesday's numbers are misleading, and meant to scare the public.

The administration says they compared average 2013 costs for plans, and the same plans enrolled in the 2014 federal exchange.

The 125 percent example used a 21-year-old living in the Madison area.

"If you're 20 years old, you're looking at rates that are going to be higher than where you're at today - significantly. If you're 60, their rates are not going to be changing as much as a 20-year-old would. Region to region, there's some big differences region to region," J.P Wieske, the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance Public Information Officer, said.

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance released the numbers.

They acknowledge the numbers don't include the several subsidies that will be available to low-income people.

The office also says specific rates for consumers will vary widely.

Even so, some groups are upset with the release.

They see it as a scare tactic for Wisconsinites.

"Right before they're about to do 11 town hall meetings, the day they start them, they release this intentionally confusing press release with not even real rates, just a weird comparison we can't actually confirm or deny," said Citizen Action of Wisconsin Healthcare Organizer Kevin Kane.

One of those town hall meetings was Tuesday in Rhinelander.

The federal government will administer Wisconsin's health insurance exchange.

But Wisconsin officials tried to help people understand the Affordable Care Act changes better.

"The (Affordable Care Act) is complicated. It's very difficult for a lot of people to understand what's going on. We wanted to go around the state and help them understand how all of these insurance changes are going to affect them," Wieske said.

The 11 sessions include stops Tuesday through Friday across the state.

They also presented for audiences and took questions in Wausau, Eau Claire, and La Crosse Tuesday.

See the links below for the Walker administration release and the response from Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

Related Weblinks:
Walker administration: plans under health insurance exchange could be costly
Citizen Action of Wisconsin refutes administration numbers

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS
Hearing set on request to change Wisconsin ballotSubmitted: 09/18/2014

MADISON - A court hearing has been set for next week in the lawsuit filed by Republican legislative leaders seeking to force a change in the model ballot for the November election.

Meanwhile, the state elections board is telling local clerks to move forward with sending out absentee ballots while the lawsuit is pending.

The complaint was filed Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court by state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. They argue the ballot as drafted is confusing and unfairly benefits Democrats because of how it's designed.

+ Read More
Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation raffles neon Hodag signSubmitted: 09/18/2014

RHINELANDER - Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation is holding the 2014 Neon Hodag Sign Raffle.

Your support will help in raising money to award more scholarships for RHS graduates annually.

The RASF is a non-profit charitable organization with a volunteer governing board that raises money and distributes scholarships to Rhinelander students, many of whom may not get scholarship support from other sources.

+ Read More
Cars for sale in a local parkSubmitted: 09/18/2014

ANTIGO - People looking to buy a car could go to a dealer, or go online.

How about going to a park instead?

+ Read More
Pair of trails opening after storm clean upSubmitted: 09/18/2014

RHINELANDER - A pair of trails will open Friday in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest after weeks of storm clean up, according to a U.S. Forest Service press release Thursday.

The majority of the Flambeau Trail and the ATV 421 trail will be open.

Officials with the Forest Service say the two trails are some of the most heavily used motorized trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

+ Read More
19th Annual Parade of HomesSubmitted: 09/18/2014

Play Video

ANTIGO - You can tour five beautiful homes in Antigo this weekend.

It's the 19th Annual Parade of Homes on Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. in Antigo.

+ Read More
Harvesting season approaching for cranberries, not as deep red color this yearSubmitted: 09/18/2014

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER - Cranberry growers in the Northwoods will start harvesting soon. Lake Nokomis Cranberries Manager Michael O'Brien says the weather has delayed the harvest for many farms in the area, but that doesn't mean they'll see a poor harvest this year.

Lake Nokomis Cranberries in Eagle River will start their 21 day harvest on Monday. They've had to deal with the challenges from a late winter and cool summer. They were planning on harvesting earlier in September, but will be delayed until Sept. 22st.

"You start out behind right from the beginning and we never got the heat in the July, and so we've been battling that all year," O'Brien said.

+ Read More
Absentee voters need to send in copy of photo IDSubmitted: 09/18/2014

Play Video

ONEIDA COUNTY - Nearly all voters in Wisconsin will need to show a photo ID to vote this November. That includes people who send in absentee ballots. A federal court made that ruling within the last week.

Absentee ballot applications have been changed to follow the state's voter ID law. A person now needs to send in a copy of their photo ID with their application. If they don't, they won't get an absentee ballot.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here