Seth Boffeli, (608) 266-1683
Jim Guidry (OCI), 608-264-6239
STATE LAUNCHES HEALTH COVERAGE PURCHASING EXCHANGE
MADISON—As part of its effort to develop a consumer driven, free market
health care coverage purchasing exchange, the Office of Free Market
Health Care today launched an online survey to gather input from various
stakeholders impacted by the creation of an exchange. Specific parts of
the survey are tailored to individuals, small employers, small
employees, insurers, agents, brokers, and health care providers. The
survey can be found online.
“Wisconsin is a national leader in health care. We have nationally
recognized hospitals, clinics, and health plans - all without government
mandates,” said Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith. “If we are
going to build an exchange, then we must go to the experts and tap into
their wealth of experience. That is what we are doing with this survey.”
The Office of Free Market Health Care is tasked with conditionally
developing a plan for the design and implementation of a Wisconsin Health
Insurance Exchange that utilizes a free-market, consumer driven approach.
In order to inform much of this design work, the state is seeking
stakeholder input through an online survey.
“Wisconsin is unique compared to other states in that we have a
strong competitive health insurance market that offers consumers countless
plan options. This allows them to purchase coverage that meets their
needs,” said Insurance Commissioner Ted Nickel. “A high priority for
us in developing an exchange is ensuring that a vibrant competitive market
exists both in and outside of the Exchange. Stakeholder input is vital to
achieving this goal.”
View the most recent news release on this topic.
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February 06, 2012