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Society members testify on 1332 waiver proposal

Wisconsin Medical Society members Clarence Chou, MD, and Jacob Prunuske, MD, testified in support of Gov. Scott Walker’s “Wisconsin Healthcare Stability Plan” (WIHSP) during public hearings held the past two weeks in Milwaukee and Wausau, respectively.

The WIHSP would establish a reinsurance program for individuals receiving coverage through Wisconsin’s health insurance exchanges, via a 1332 waiver. It is estimated that the program will decrease premiums in 2019 by an average of 10.1 percent.

Under the Affordable Care Act, a 1332 waiver allows states to pursue innovative strategies to ensure residents have access to affordable health insurance options so long as the changes don’t reduce the number of people being covered or the level of services being provided, don’t cost patients more, and are budget neutral from a federal perspective.

Following passage of 2017 Wisconsin Act 138—part of the WIHSP—the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) developed a 1332 draft waiver application, and OCI is holding several public hearings on the proposal throughout the state. The Wisconsin Medical Society supported Act 138 and will submit comments to OCI informed by members of the Society’s Innovations in Health Care Task Force.

To learn more about the WIHSP, click here to access OCI’s Public Hearing Presentation. The 1332 draft waiver application also is available here. Written comments may be submitted via email to OCI1332WaiverComments@wisconsin.gov.

If you have questions, contact H.J. Waukau or Lisa Davidson.

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