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Insurance Commissioner’s Office considering ACA waiver option

Wisconsin’s Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) is exploring an option to apply for a State Innovation Waiver to help shore up the state’s individual health insurance market.

Section 1332 of the ACA permits states to apply for a waiver in order to pursue innovative strategies for providing their residents with access to high quality, affordable health insurance while retaining basic ACA protections. High-risk pools and state-operated reinsurance programs are encouraged under this waiver option.

The Wisconsin Medical Society is participating in discussions with OCI as it determines the potential market impact of various scenarios permitted under Section 1332. However, before OCI can apply for a waiver, the State must first pass legislation. And given the legislature’s interest in adjourning the current session next spring, time to apply for a waiver to be implemented in 2019 is winding down.

To provide physician perspective on any waiver application, the Society has established a new Innovations in Health Care Task Force. Contact HJ Waukau if you wish to learn more about this effort.

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