Walker Administration’s Lax Health Insurance Regulation Costly for Wisconsin Consumers
Wisconsin has among the highest health insurance rates in the nation on the individual insurance market, and inflation rates that are well above average.
Statewide: The Walker’s Administration’s Office of the Commissioner of Insurance recently defended Wisconsin’s lax approach to reviewing health insurance rates, but national data refutes their claims.
However, a recent report by the Commonwealth Fund found that Wisconsin had among the highest health insurance rates in the nation on the individual insurance market, and inflation rates that are well above average.
The Commonwealth Fund report found Wisconsin had the 4th highest insurance premiums in the nation for silver plans, the plans that federal government uses to calculate tax credits to make health insurance more affordable. Wisconsin also had inflation rates 9% above the national average for silver plans, and 7% above the national average for all plans on the individual market. The average premium for a Wisconsin silver plan is $780 more per year than the national average.
Citizen Action of Wisconsin has repeatedly pointed to the Walker’ Administration’s lax approach to rate review as a factor in high Wisconsin health insurance costs. In June the federal government called on Wisconsin and other states to more carefully scrutinize large rate increases.
States such as Minnesota have reduced health insurance premium increases by implementing more robust rate review.
“The Walker Administration’s refusal to police excessive health insurance rates is a disaster for Wisconsinites struggling to afford rising premiums,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “Simply allowing insurance companies to set their own rates violates the intent of the federal health care law. It’s long overdue for the Walker Administration to move beyond its endless efforts to sabotage health care reform, and take advantage of the tools available to hold health insurance companies accountable for unjustified premium hikes.”
Press Releases by Citizen Action of Wisconsin
As Critical House Vote Nears, GOP Pushes Substandard Health Coverage that Legalizes New Pre-Existing Condition DiscriminationMar 23rd, 2017 by Citizen Action of Wisconsin
Conservative proposals are a back-door way to legalize discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions
Citizen Action Research Shows Massive Increase in Health Premiums in Wisconsin Cities under House GOP Replacement BillMar 21st, 2017 by Citizen Action of Wisconsin
In Milwaukee raises health insurance premiums by $9,908 per year for moderate income older adults
Wisconsin and Illinois Activists Brave Blizzard to Converge on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Racine Office Demanding He Stop the Ruthless Health Care Repeal BillMar 14th, 2017 by Citizen Action of Wisconsin
“Paul Ryan, Kill Your Bill before It Kills Us!”
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