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Bridge Clinic offering help to people worried about insurance after Obamacare rulings


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- As courts and lawmakers battle over the Affordable Care Act, local health care providers are trying to make sense of what's in the future for their patients.

Bridge Community Clinic director Laura Scudiere says says it's wait and see right now for the exchanges and subsidies. "Well things are a little bit up in the air, but we're going to keep patients abreast of what's going on as soon as we know it." A pair of federal court rulings put out conflicting rulings on the legality of those subsidies earlier this week.

Scudiere says people who may be worried about the health care exchanges might be eligible for other forms of insurance. "Particularly for Medicaid, we've seen a lot more people eligible for Medicaid because they've opened it up for childless adults. And so a lot of people who were on waitlists before or just didn't apply because they knew that they'd never get in have been able to get in. We've been signing people up here." That also includes changes to Badgercare and other programs locally.

If you're still not sure how to apply for insurance, Scudiere says they can help you out with that too. "Obamacare, the health care marketplaces, Medicaid, we have people on staff that can help anybody determine what they're eligible for and help them sign up."

You can find out more by calling 715-848-4884 or find their webpage online at http://www.bridgeclinic.org