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STATE OF CONFUSION: Health care woes hit close to home

7:32 PM, Nov. 17, 2013
JoEllen Hernandez of Brandon stands in the foyer of her cousin's house, where she is staying to try and save money for her prescription medication. Because of changes in the national and state health care insurance system, she does not know how she will afford to pay for the medication she needs.
JoEllen Hernandez of Brandon stands in the foyer of her cousin's house, where she is staying to try and save money for her prescription medication. Because of changes in the national and state health care insurance system, she does not know how she will afford to pay for the medication she needs.
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Tangled up in the health care maze, JoEllen Hernandez of Brandon doesn't know where to turn.

Disabled and dealing with numerous medical conditions, she is staying with her cousin to try and save money to pay for the enormous prescription drugs costs that total almost $3,000 per month.

Recent changes in Wisconsin's BadgerCare coverage eliminates the Health Insurance Risk Sharing Plan, a supplement that covered prescription drug costs for low-income residents and reduced their premiums. Under the former plan, Hernandez could pay $225 a month and her annual out-of-pocket expenses were ...

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