Milwaukee has still not enrolled anyone for ACA
MILWAUKEE - Twenty three days after the new healthcare federal exchanges opened, the City of Milwaukee still has not yet actually enrolled anyone. Earlier this month, technology was the barrier. But now, people aren't taking the final step.
"They want to look at their options. Luckily there's still plenty of time so they can come back and take that last final step," said Jessica Gathirimu, Director of Family and Community Health for the Milwaukee Health Department.
Milwaukee has certified application counselors, which means it has staff who are trained to help people through the process of enrolling in the new exchanges.
Gathirimu says they've now been able to get to the step where they would actually enroll someone. But people who have made it that far have decided to wait.
There's a lot to consider. The exchanges have more than 80 plans of varying cost with varying coverage.
None of the coverage takes effect until the beginning of next year, which gives people time to consider their options.
Milwaukee is seeing a wide range of customers. However, the most common customer so far has been retired people who don't have employer healthcare and don't qualify yet for Medicare.