ACA deadline looming for those in WI with state insurance

MARSHFIELD (AP) — The more than 70,000 Wisconsinites who have state health insurance have only a handful of days left to sign up for Presidents Barack Obama's health care law to avoid a coverage gap.

Nationwide, uninsured people have until March 31 to sign up under President Barack Obama health care law or they will have to go without coverage for the rest of the year and incur a fine from the federal government.

Wisconsin residents who are on BadgerCare Plus or Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan have until March 15 in order to have coverage effective March 31. Enrollment between March 16 and 31 is effective May 1.

Marty Anderson, director of marketing and consumer products for Security Health Plan, says he anticipates a surge of applications.