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Report: Less than 50 Wisconsinites sign up for Obamacare in first week

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Ted Nickel said less than 50 people were able to sign up for health coverage in the first week the federal exchange was open. 

Nickel tells the Gannett News Service the ongoing problems with Healthcare.Gov could jeopardize the state's effort to sign up thousands who are required to have coverage.  

Over 500,000 uninsured residents plus 92,000 people who are losing their BadgerCare need to sign up by December 15th -- or they could face fines by not being insured by January 1st. 

Wisconsin is among 36 states which refused to create its own Obamacare exchange, thus putting pressure than expected on Healthcare.Gov. 

Consumer Reports said many people need to remove cookies from their computers, in order to gain access to the various health plans in the exchanges and decide which ones are best for them.

Another report said almost a million people have tried looking for what's available on the Web site, but could not find it. 

Nickel, who was in Washington this week at a conference on Obamacare, said his office is trying to arrange paper sign-up forms if necessary. 

Gannett said the site uses technology that's 10 years old, and it may need constant updates and fixes over the next six months -- and maybe a complete overhaul.  

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