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Paper applications mailed to Wisconsinites who must apply for Obamacare

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this October
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this October

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Starting Tuesday, the state will mail paper applications to the 77,000 Wisconsinites who must apply for Obamacare because they're losing BadgerCare. 

Those people -- like millions of others -- have had problems using the Web site for the federal insurance exchange, Healthcare.Gov. 

Deputy health services secretary Kevin Moore tells the Oshkosh Northwestern that people are succeeding with applications on paper, or over the phone. That's why they'll send the application forms, an explanation of all the options for applying, plus a list of local people who can help with the application process. 

The state will spend almost $125,000 to mail the extra forms. 

Last week, a number of health advocacy groups asked Governor Scott Walker what his backup plan is, if the people he moved into the exchanges cannot get coverage by the deadline of December 15th. 

The Republican Walker chose not to accept federal Medicaid funds to cover BadgerCare recipients making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.  

Among other things, he said it would create more room for poor people who really need the coverage. Moore says he has faith that the problems with the Obamacare Web site would be resolved this month as the White House has promised. 

Moore did not say if the state has a backup if that doesn't happen.  

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