Registration starts next week for those without health insurance

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Changes are coming next week under the health care reform law.

Those without insurance will be able to shop for it on the government’s web site.

Steve Kunes who’s an administrator for Health Tradition Health Plan,that works through Mayo Clinic Health System said there are four levels to choose from.

“The levels will actually cover between 60 and 90% of medical costs, depends on how much out of pocket you would want, and what you can afford to pay,” said Kunes.

The enrollment period is from October 1 through March 31. However, you have to sign up by December 15 to have coverage on January 1.

Kunes said people who have insurance through their employer will probably be able to keep what they have.

He also said government subsidies could help offset insurance costs.

“Depending on your income, it could be more affordable than it ever has been or if you’re not eligible for subsidies, it may be higher,” said Kunes.

Kunes said there are a lot of details with health care reform that won’t be known until October 1.

“Hopefully there won’t be any glitches. I’m sure there will be some bumps in the road,” said Kunes.

He said you can contact county government agencies or your health care company if you have questions.

There are about 92,000 people in Wisconsin enrolled in BadgerCare who will have to buy insurance.

Those are people who earn between 100 and 200% of the federal poverty level.


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