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Wisconsin health insurance sign-ups increase

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Almost 140,000 Wisconsinites have signed up for Obama-care as of April 19th. Federal officials said enrollments skyrocketed close to the March 31st deadline for the uninsured to avoid penalties for not getting coverage. Of the Wisconsin residents who signed up, 91-percent of them are eligible for federal subsidies to cover part of their costs. That's more than the national average of 85-percent.

Earlier there were concerns that mainly older people were enrolling in the federal exchanges -- and not the younger healthy people whose insurance premiums subsidize older folks who need more care. However, the government now says that just over a quarter of Wisconsin's Obama-care sign-ups were from those age 18-to-34. 32-percent were in the 55-to-64 age group.

Wisconsin dropped a number of childless adults from the state's Badger-Care on April first, while letting more people who are in poverty get into that program. State officials were not immediately sure how many of the newly-eligible Badger-Care recipients have signed up.