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Falk wants Wisconsinites to be told now about Obamacare coverages

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The new federal representative for ObamaCare says Wisconsin consumers need to be told now what types of coverage are available if they have to buy it -- and how much it will cost them. 

Kathleen Falk was named last week as the new regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Monday, Falk began her new job. She told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel she'll urge both the state and federal governments to release price data that the private insurers submitted for their products under the new purchasing exchanges. 

Falk says the half-million Wisconsinites who need to use the exchanges have the right to comparison shop for the insurance they'll required to have come January 1st. They can start signing up for that coverage October 1st. 

Last week, state officials released general price data showing large increases for various types of people in nine Wisconsin cities. They didn't say anything specific, and state officials contend it's Washington's job to do that. 

The Journal Sentinel says the federal data is much more complicated for average folks to deal with -- and the paper has asked for the state's information under the Open Records Law. 

Falk ran in the primary against Governor Walker in last year's recall election. Despite that, Walker officials say they can collaborate with Falk on ObamaCare. 

Falk says she wants a positive start as well, saying she believes the state will do its part of educate people about the new law.