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System to train workers to sign up for health exchanges done by Aug. 15

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A system will be set up by August 15th to train workers to sign up people for the state government’s new health insurance exchange under Obamacare.

The new date was announced at a conference in Madison.

State Medicaid director Brett Davis said all Wisconsinites would have access to insurance. He’s concerned, though, about “handoffs” of information from one entity to another.

The Obama health law requires most people to either have coverage by January 1st, or pay a fine.

Wisconsin has around a half-million uninsured people – almost two-thirds of which have jobs without coverage. The state hopes to recruit half that group, or 250,000 people, in its exchange.

Registrations begin October 1st.

Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled House plans to make another statement Wednesday about its opposition to Obamacare. They plan to vote on delaying the law's coverage mandates for both individuals and businesses.

The White House said last week it would delay the business mandate to offer affordable coverage until 2015.

GOP House Speaker John Boehner says the delay is more proof that the law is, “a train wreck.”

The House has voted 37 previous times to delay or scrap all or part of Obamacare. The Democratic Senate and the White House has brushed back each of those attempts – and they promise to do the same with today’s measures. 

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