Date: August 27, 2013
For more information contact: J.P. Wieske, Public Information Officer, (608) 266-2493 or

Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
Holding Statewide Federal Health Care Sessions for Consumers

Madison, WI—The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) has long been committed to public education and serving as a resource for individuals, families and employers across the state. The agency has a responsibility to ensure consumers of health insurance are aware of state and federal laws that may impact them.

Many key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) become effective January 1, 2014, including the federal exchange which, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, will be available for enrollment beginning October 1 of this year.

As with any new law, there is always a certain level of confusion. While this is a federal law, it is OCI's role to protect and educate consumers about their responsibilities and how they may be impacted.

In an effort to provide a forum for citizens to gather unbiased information about PPACA, OCI and DHS are holding informational sessions across the state in the form of town hall meetings. These 90-minute meetings will be open to anyone who has an interest in learning more about PPACA.

Staff will be available to provide information highlighting the most important issues people should be aware of. They will also be available to answer questions. These meetings are informal and will be guided by the issues the people in attendance bring to the table.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013Rhinelander, WI
Oneida County Sheriff's Department Training Center
2000 East Winnebago Street
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013Wausau, WI
North Central Technical College
1000 West Campus Drive
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013Eau Claire, WI
LE Phillips Memorial Library
400 Eau Claire Street
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013La Crosse, WI
La Crosse Public Library
800 Main Street
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013West Allis, WI
West Allis Public Library
7421 W. National Avenue
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013Pewaukee, WI
Pewaukee Public Library
210 Main Street
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 5, 2013Kenosha, WI
Kenosha Public Library
7979 39th Avenue
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 5, 2013Green Bay, WI
Northeastern Technical College
2740 West Mason Street
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 5, 2013Appleton, WI
Appleton Public Library
225 N. Oneida Street
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday, September 6, 2013Madison, WI
American Family Insurance Training Center
6000 American Family Drive
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday, September 6, 2013Cleveland, WI
Lakeshore Technical College
Lake Michigan Conference Room
1290 North Avenue
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Created by the Legislature in 1871, Wisconsin's Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) was vested with broad powers to ensure that the insurance industry responsibly and adequately met the insurance needs of Wisconsin citizens. Today, OCI's mission is to lead the way in informing and protecting the public and responding to its insurance needs.