Community Services Director Beth Wilms told the County Board it could mean more health care clients for the county under the Medical Assistance program, plus additional staff, and additional equipment.
Wilms said the county will need to provide equipment for the public to use to access the health insurance exchange....for those who have no computers.
Wilms said the county could have between 300 and 400 new Medical Assistance clients to handle and that could mean additional staff to handle them.
In addition, county staff will have to learn a new system.
50% of the cost to implement the new system is to come from the Federal government. Winona county's cost cannot be determined until the exchange is finalized
The exchange must be available by October First and opened to the public on January First 2014.....