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Wisconsin residents still having problems with healthcare exchange website


UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Problems are still being reported with the Internet site where those without health insurance are required to buy it under the Affordable Care Act. Healthcare-Dot-Gov crashed a number of times last Tuesday, the first day people could sign up for coverage under one of the new Obama-care purchasing exchanges. Since then, glitches have been fixed -- but apparently not all of them.

The Milwaukee Health Department says it has tried for over a week to help hundreds of people with their online purchasing, and not one client could finish the process.

Still, insurers are getting business from the online exchanges. Anthem Blue Cross says it has had unprecedented interest on its own Web site -- plus heavy volumes of phone callers from those wanting to sign up.

Anthem, Molina Health-care, the Common Ground Cooperative, and the W-P-S Arise plan say they've had sales from the online marketplace. Up to 700,000 Wisconsinites are signing up, including 92,000 childless adults who will lose Badger-Care coverage after income limits were raised.

The uninsured must buy coverage by December 15th. It would take effect on January first.