Health Coverage

State health and insurance officials announce $500,000 in funding on Tuesday for a federally certified group that helps people get health coverage. The money will be used for outreach to sign people up for Medicaid and also private insurance sold on the federal marketplace, which opens Nov. 1.

Gov. Tony Evers' administration is forging ahead with plans to increase health coverage even as Republican lawmakers continue to oppose expansion under the Affordable Care Act — a law that is in limbo and could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court because of a pending legal challenge by a group of red states.

Under a two-pronged approach, the state Department of Health Services and Office of the Insurance Commissioner are making efforts to boost private and government health coverage. Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm announced at a Tuesday news conference at the Madison Public Library that her department was awarding $500,000 in existing funds to Covering Wisconsin, a group that helps people sign up for insurance on the federal marketplace, Healthcare.gov, and Medicaid, known as BadgerCare in Wisconsin.

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