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Gov. Walker unveils Health Care Stability Plan

In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Scott Walker laid out his 2018 agenda, which includes his “Health Care Stability Plan.”

The plan includes:

  • Individual marketplace stabilization through a reinsurance program. This will be achieved through a federal 1332 waiver that first requires legislative approval before submission to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Minnesota, Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska have submitted similar proposals that have been approved.
  • Permanent authorization of the Senior Care program, which provides prescription drug assistance for Wisconsin residents who are 65 years of age or older and meet enrollment requirements. This proposal also will require a federal waiver and approval by CMS.
  • Establishing in state law protections for those with pre-existing conditions so they can acquire and maintain coverage.

“Access to high quality care has always been a top priority for the Society and we are proud of the gains we have made in coverage in Wisconsin, said Wisconsin Medical Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, in this statement. “We look forward to working with the Governor and his administration, the State Legislature and our Congressional delegation to continue to reduce the number of uninsured in our state.”

To provide physician perspective and help shape evolving proposals on health care coverage, delivery and payment—including the 1332 waiver—the Society has created a new Innovations in Health Care Task Force.

For more information, contact Lisa Davidson, vice president of membership and advocacy.

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