Affordable Care Act brings changes to BadgerCare
WEST ALLIS - Next week, people who don't have health insurance can start signing up for the Affordable Care Act, but many questions remain.
Many of the questions are coming from BadgerCare recipients. Thousands will be forced to buy new insurance on the new marketplace.
Letters are going out from the state notifying some 92,000 BadgerCare recipients that they're being dropped.
Single mom Valerie Richter from West Allis is among those who fear the worst.
"I'm barely living paycheck to paycheck as it is now, how am I going to afford to add even one more bill onto the pile?" questioned Richter.
Richter says she's mostly concerned for her teenage daughter who has Crohn's disease.
"There's just so many unknowns. You don't know what this marketplace is gonna be, how much it's going to cost," said Richter.
Doug Gemig from Kenosha is retired, and he's also got questions, "Basically, how do you qualify and what do you qualify for?"
We turned to our Call 4 Action expert. Karen Stiles said, "Generally anybody who is a US citizen is going to qualify for this program. but not necessarily everyone will have to apply. If you're on medicare, or disabled, your plan is going to stay the same as is. If you got a letter in the mail, saying that you're going to be dropped from one of these programs, now is the time for you to really be checking into the various programs that are going to be offered. You've got to sign up by December 15th in order for your coverage to go into place on January 1st," said Richter.