Fifty-two people in Wisconsin were un-enrolled in Obamacare due to a glitch. They all must now re-enroll in order to be covered by Obamacare. WKOW in Madison reports:
"52 Wisconsin residents who signed up for insurance on healthcare.gov are about to find out they're going to have to do it all over again," says a local newsreader. "There's another problem with the federal agency in charge of the Affordable Care Act," says the other newsreader.
Says the local reporter, "We've heard a lot about how the problems with healthcare.gov have been fixed, and while that's mostly true on the front-end, where consumers sign up, insurers say it's hardly the case on the back end. To understand this story, you have to learn a new term, known in the insurance industry as an 834s."
"Which are basically file transfers between the insurance companies and HHS," says an insurance expert.
"HHS is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One of the so-called front-end problems that's still occuring with the federal website is some people are getting signed up for plans with companies that don't cover their county."
"In other words, the insurer was going to offer coverage based on their zip code, where a zip code may cover multiple counties, that was where the issue ended up on the front-end problem. They bought a plan they weren't able to purchase," says the insurance expert.
HHS demanded that the "erroneous" 834s "be sent back to them." But there was a problem: "HHS apparently had no system in place to receive and store those files."
As a result, the consumer loses. "That means not only do those 52 people not have insurance, they are going to have to start the entire application process all over again with only two weeks left in the open enrollment period," says the local reporter.
A local report from Green Bay, Wisconsin says that health care premiuns could increase up to 125 percent because of Obamacare:
"Half a million Wisconsinites will soon have to open up their pocket books for health care coverage," says a local anchor. "And new estimates show, it may be costly. ... The state's office of the commissioner of insurance released estimates of how premium rates for individuals will be changing under the Affordable Care Act."
Today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, and who among us cannot celebrate that? Well, perhaps Mayor Bloomberg could find that the iconic sandwich contains too many calories, especially if it has been supercharged by the addition of some bacon. For the rest of us, it is interesting to know that the grilled cheese sandwich dates back to the Romans and that the French have their way of doing what they call a Croque Monsieur.
Madison, Wis. Sitting in front of an oversized HD television in the basement of the governor’s residence, a relaxed Scott Walker settles in to wait for Barack Obama to begin the first State of the Union address of his second term.
A new 30-second ad airing on cable news in Wisconsin and New Hampshire features Americans who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 voicing their disenchantment with the president over the last four years. The spot, which is an advertisement for the Citizens United film The Hope and the Change, will air on MSNBC and CNN in Wisconsin and New Hampshire through the rest of this week.
Milwaukee Speaking at a Tea Party rally on a sunny Saturday in June in southeastern Wisconsin, Paul Ryan confidently predicted Governor Scott Walker would win the recall election he was facing that coming Tuesday, June 5. “On Tuesday, we save Wisconsin,” Ryan said to applause from the crowd of 4,000. “And on November 6, Wisconsin saves America.”
The latest Wisconsin polling from Rasmussen Reports, taken yesterday and released today, shows Mitt Romney and President Obama tied at 49 percent apiece among likely voters. A week earlier, Obama led by 2 points in Rasmussen’s Wisconsin polling — 50 to 48 percent — so Romney is on the rise in the Badger State. Indeed, in its three prior polls taken this fall in Wisconsin, Rasmussen had always shown Obama to be up by either 2 or 3 percentage points.
A new ad airing across Wisconsin television stars three local women who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but who will be switching to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (a Wisconsin native) this year. "Paul Ryan embodies the work ethic of Wisconsin," says Connie of Green Bay. Watch the ad below: