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Healthcare

The passage of Obamacare in 2009 has made a mess of the US healthcare system.  It has been particularly hard on residents of Wisconsin who have seen persistent large increases in insurance premiums.  This year is no exception with initial projections averaging +44%.  The private insurance market in WI has experienced staggering financial losses.  This has caused a number of them to leave the state's market, thereby decreasing competition, and forcing 75,000 state residents to find other plans in 2018.  

I have supported and voted for a $200 million “reinsurance” plan from the Walker administration to help our state deal with the skyrocketing increases.  The plan has been approved by the US Dept. of Health & Human Services, and it is projected to stabilize projected increases in premiums.  I also was part of the Assembly GOP plan to find a way to ensure that pre-existing conditions continue to be eligible for insurance coverage.

Wisconsin is the only state in the nation that has no Medicaid coverage gap, meaning that all WI residents have access to healthcare.  BadgerCare, the state’s Medicaid, program has grown to use nearly 1/5 of the state budget.  I am supportive of AB 798 that would create a pilot program within BadgerCare for Direct Primary Care.  This system will allow doctors more time with their patients, encourage timely visits, avoid costly insurance markups, and readily provide upfront pricing on procedures.


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