Madison politicians promote open Obamacare enrollment

Madison politicians promote open Obamacare enrollment

With open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act starting Wednesday, local officials are reminding Wisconsinites to enroll sooner rather than later.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin along with U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., met Monday to promote open enrollment for the health insurance marketplace. They also gave information on where people can go for help while enrolling.

Now is the time to shop around for a coverage plan, since those looking for coverage will only have a small window of six weeks, according to the Madison politicians.

The website for enrollment is also expected to run into some roadblocks, another reason those looking for coverage are encouraged to sign up soon.

“Sooner rather than later really is the message because, especially with the website going down for maintenance…that Dec. 15 deadline, we are working in half the time we had last year,” said Adam VanSpankeren, navigator for Covering Wisconsin, an organization that connects Wisconsin residents with insurance coverage.

The enrollment period starts Nov. 1 and will run until Dec. 15. Insurance experts are available for assistance at localhelp.healthcare.gov.