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WI enrollment in Obama health care insurance off to slow start

MADISON (WKOW) -- New data suggests the centerpiece of President Obama's health care overhaul is off to a slow start.

Far fewer people have signed up for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan than expected.

It's the part of the health care overhaul designed to protect people whose medical problems have made them uninsurable.

In Wisconsin, fewer than 300 people have applied for the coverage, and there's funding budgeted for about 8,000 in the program.

Other states like Texas and California have seen similarly slow enrollment figures.

Among the reasons for the slow start: premiums may be out of reach. In many states, people in their 40s and 50s face monthly premiums ranging from $400 to $600 and higher.

Federal officials say they expect more people will sign up.

To learn more and to apply for the coverage, go to www.pcip.gov.

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