Affordable Care Act


If you’ve seen a Milwaukee County bus lately, you may have noticed a new digital message on the front. It alternates with the one telling you where the bus is headed.

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The Obama Administration is taking heat for early glitches in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, largely as a result of problems with the website,

It has been difficult for people in Milwaukee to sign up for health coverage on the new exchange.

Consumers and advocates reported widespread problems on the opening day of Wisconsin’s new health care exchange.

People across the country in need of health insurance have new options starting Tuesday. In Milwaukee, there is a new health insurance player.

As Wisconsin people can begin shopping on the new health care insurance exchange on Oct. 1, here are answers to some questions with Jackie Garner of U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Q: Who needs to pay attention to this inaugural enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act?

According to the U.S. Dept. of Health Services, the mid-level health insurance plan here will cost $361 a month compared with the national average of $328.

The future management of the Milwaukee Country Transit system is still in flux.  The for-profit Dallas-based MV Transportation emerged as the leading bidder in the process. 

Thirteen companies will sell health insurance to individuals, while nine will sell plans to businesses. People and groups can enroll, starting Oct. 1.

On October first, Americans can begin enrolling in health insurance plans on the new federal exchange. Consumer advocates expect criminals to mislead people.