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MADISON – Governor Scott Walker met with board members from the Wisconsin Hospital Association today to discuss his Health Care Stability Plan, a major part of his Ambitious Agenda for 2018. As proposed, the three-part plan would request a State Innovation Waiver to lower premiums for those in Obamacare’s individual market, enact legislation that prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions, and request a permanent waiver for the state’s SeniorCare program.

“Since Washington, D.C. has failed to act, Wisconsin must lead to provide stability in our health care system,” Governor Walker said. “Our Health Care Stability Plan will ensure we continue to be a leader in providing care for families in our state. Our plan protects seniors, those with preexisting conditions, and provides financial stability for those suffering from huge premium increases on the individual marketplace because of Obamacare. We can continue to bring health care stability and peace of mind to everyone across the state.”

The State Innovation Waiver, a 1332 Waiver, would allow Wisconsin to stabilize rising health care premiums in the individual marketplace. Governor Walker’s plan would help to cover expensive medical claims for health insurers that are participating in the marketplace.

SeniorCare provides prescription drug coverage for senior citizens. The state has successfully received four past waiver extensions, and under Governor Walker’s Health Care Stability Plan, the state would seek a change in federal law to make the SeniorCare waiver permanent for Wisconsin’s seniors.

 

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