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Health groups want answers about coverage for thousands of Wisconsinites

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Six health-related groups want to know what Governor Scott Walker will do with 77,000 BadgerCare recipients if they cannot soon get the Obamacare they've been told to buy.

The Wisconsin State Journal obtained a letter to the Republican governor from groups that include the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association and the state's Council on Children and Families.

They said they're concerned that all 77,000 former BadgerCare Plus recipients might not be able to enroll in the federal government's insurance exchange by the current deadline of December 15th.

The Internet exchanges have been plagued with access problems, which Washington promises to fix soon. 

As part of the new state budget, officials notified the 77,000 Medicaid recipients that they might lose their coverage if they don't meet income and eligibility limits. Letters confirming losses of BadgerCare will start coming out November 23rd, when the state plans to start using its new criteria to determine BadgerCare Plus eligibility. 

A state health official says the goal is to still get people signed up by December 15th, so they can start getting their required Obamacare coverage on January 1st.