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UPDATE: Walker administration doing major Obamacare enrollment outreach


MADISON (WKOW) -- By refusing to set up a state-run insurance exchange and rejecting an expansion of Medicaid in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has made it clear he's no fan of Obamacare.

But his administration is now going out of its way to help enroll Wisconsin residents in the federal health insurance exchange starting October 1st.

While the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance has taken heat for releasing information that rates would increase under the Affordable Care Act, a top official there says the agency is not trying to submarine the federal exchange in Wisconsin.

"The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, the Department of Health Services has spent a tremendous amount of time and resources working with insurance companies, getting their questions answered, so that they do feel comfortable participating on the exchange," said Wisconsin Deputy Insurance Commissioner Dan Schwartzer during an appearance for this weekend's edition of Capitol City Sunday.

Schwartzer also talks about the effort by DHS help enroll people in Obamacare, but setting up eleven Regional Enrollment Networks.

"Rather than rely on the consumer having to look at a list of navigators and pick up the phone and try to call them, the Regional Enrollment Networks are actually reaching out to consumers to make sure that they have some information available to them," said Schwartzer.

Two members of the Menominee Indian Tribe are also on Capitol City Sunday this weekend to talk about their proposed off-reservation casino in Kenosha.  They say they're concerned Governor Walker, nor any members of his administration, haven't agreed to meet with them about their proposed off reservation casino in Kenosha.

"We would love to be able to sit down in a room with him and discuss the criteria, discuss exactly how we can help partner with the Governor to bring this type of job, this type of economic development to Southeastern Wisconsin," said Gary Besaw, head of the Menominee-Kenosha Gaming Committee.

A spokesperson for the Governor told 27 News Besaw's claims are not accurate.  Jocelyn Webster says Dept. of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch met with Menominee Tribe Chairman Craig Corn about the casino on September 4th.


MADISON (WKOW) -- By refusing to set up a state-run health insurance exchange and rejecting an expansion of Medicaid in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has made a strong statement against Obamacare. 

But his appointees at the Department of Health Services are going out of their way to provide information and access to the federal health insurance exchange that will begin enrolling Wisconsin residents October 1st.

DHS has set up 11 Regional Enrollment Networks across the state to assist individuals and families with enrolling in the appropriate health care coverage for 2014.  DHS is working with several other public and private entities including the UW Population Health Institute and the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association to get out the information.

DHS is also involved in an outreach effort to alert people who will be losing BadgerCare benefits at the end of the year, about what they can do to obtain private insurance. 

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on this story on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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