Healthcare options for people living in the Northwoods limited under Affordable Care ActSubmitted: 09/20/2013
Healthcare options for people living in the Northwoods limited under Affordable Care Act
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter

STATEWIDE - Wisconsin employers and individuals can begin shopping for health insurance in fewer than two weeks as part of new exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

Now, we can see how many insurers people can choose from.

Options are pretty limited for many counties here in the rural Northwoods.

For example, Vilas, Price, and Iron County insurance shoppers are particularly constrained.

Employers and individuals will each only have one insurance company option if they want to enter the exchange in those places.

By comparison, counties with higher populations have as many as six employer and four individual options.

The enrollment period begins on October 1st, with coverages taking effect on the first of the year.

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