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Five health insurers will offer 10 plans under state exchange for Green Bay area


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - If you live in the greater Green Bay area and have to start looking at purchasing health insurance, or want to make a change to a different provider, there will be five different insurers to choose from come October 1st. 

That’s when enorllment begins under the state’s online health care exchange. 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin released a report that shows there will be ten plans to choose from in the Green Bay area.

The federal healthcare mandate requires everyone have health insurance starting in 2014, or be subject to a tax penalty. The federal government is providing subsidies for those who can't afford health insurance.

An estimated 40,000 people don’t have health insurance in the Bay Lake Consortium area that includes Brown, Door, Marinette, Oconto, and Shawano counties. Also, more than 7,700 people in the constorium area will be dropped from BadgerCare, after Governor Scott Walker tightened the eligibility for enrollment.