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State insurance official says only about 50% of Obamacare enrollees have paid premiums

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Deputy Insurance Commissioner Dan Schwartzer says only about half of the 40,752 state residents that signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act have paid their premiums and are currently receiving coverage.

But the federal law allows those people until March 31st to actually obtain coverage, and Schwartzer says that means a higher number of premiums will likely be paid in February and March.

Schwartzer tells 27 News that while some of the state insurance companies participating in the federal marketplace have received premium payments for 65 to 70 percent of those policies, others have seen a payment rate of only about 15 percent.

While new enrollment numbers for January are expected to come out in the next few weeks, that total of 40,752 for Wisconsin dates back to the end of December 2013 and accounts for the first three months of enrollment.

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