Open enrollment for insurance begins in Wisconsin

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By M.L. JOHNSON
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin residents can start shopping for coverage on the federally run health insurance exchange when its second open enrollment period begins Saturday.

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The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance says about 166,000 people signed up for insurance during the open enrollment period that ended March 31. Health care experts say they expect about the same number this time.

The online marketplace is meant for people who aren’t covered by employer-offered insurance plans or government programs, such as Medicare and BadgerCare, the Medicaid program in Wisconsin.

The marketplace offers subsidized private insurance for single people earning about $47,000 or less per year and families with incomes of up to $128,000.

People must sign up by Dec. 15 for coverage to start Jan. 1.

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