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Concern grows over lack of details, cost of Obamacare insurance plans

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsinites can start signing up October 1st for health insurance from the online exchanges to be offered under the Affordable Care Act.

But state officials have not disclosed the details of the new plans, or how much they’ll cost.

Bobby Peterson of ABC for Health in Madison says people are most concerned about the cost factor, as the exchanges are about to take effect on January 1st.

The Walker administration has announced the names of the companies to be part of the state government’s exchange – but there’s no announcement about the exact coverage or their rates.

A deputy state insurance commissioner said this week that his department is still analyzing coverage and rate information. He did not say when it would be available.

Donna Friedman of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health said other states have already given rate data to their residents – including Ohio and Florida.

Governor Scott Walker has long been an opponent of Obamacare. He refused to let the state set up its own exchange, deciding instead to use a federal template.

He has also ordered those on BadgerCare who make more than the federal poverty income levels to use the state’s exchange instead of BadgerCare.