Demanding the Rates

Following a week of misinformation and refusing to release vital data by the Walker administration on health costs, more information is leaking out past them. This week Anthem announced the service areas in which they will be selling coverage in the new marketplace come October 1st. Citizen Action had to do our own research report to share the options for individuals on the new marketplace because of the refusal by the Walker administration to do it themselves. Make no mistake, the concern and confusion of what insurers will offer coverage where and for how much could be ended tomorrow if Walker wanted it to.

Instead Walker's Deputy Secretary of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance Dan Schwartzer told WKOW 27 News that the data used is proprietary and would not be readily understood by the general public. This new line boggles the mind when one remembers that Walker's office promised to release this information back in early August. Furthermore we are blown away by this suggestion that Wisconsinites are unable to understand this information and therefore should not be available period, let alone to public scrutiny and closer analysis.

This isn't acceptable to us, so last week Citizen Action of Wisconsin sent an open records request, in the interest of transparency and open government, to reveal the rates and the data they used to come up with the dubious numbers the administration sent around. And it seems that we're not the only one disappointed in the administration, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also announced that they too have sent an open records request to the Walker Administration demanding the rate information. The new regional secretary of Health and Human Services, based in Chicago, Kathleen Falk has also announced that Wisconsin "need(s) to make these figures publicly available". Insurance Commissioner Ted Nickel couldn't even explain the rate situation when asked on Wisconsin Public Television last week.

But for now we wait, a countdown to October 1st when the marketplace will be live and people can see there options. As of this post we have 21 days left (see the live countdown here), days that could be spent by families and organizations preparing for the future. But, to paraphrase the Walker Administration, we probably wouldn't understand it anyway.

If you are as outraged by this as we are, click here to sign our petition demanding the rates be released!

 To see a collection of press clips from last week on the rate issue, click below

Minnesota Public Radio (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/03/wisconsin-insurance-rates-questioned

 

St Paul Pioneer Press (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned    http://www.twincities.com/news/ci_24004147/insurance-rates-released-by-walker-questioned

 

Minneapolis Star Tribune (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned      http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/222187691.html

 

NBC News (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/52913304/

 

WBAY Green Bay (AP) (Sept 3, 2013) Insurance rates released by Gov. Walker questioned - http://www.wbay.com/story/23326383/insurance-rates-released-by-gov-walker-questioned

 

La Crosse Tribune (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned  http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/state-and-regional/insurance-rates-released-by-walker-questioned/article_6cb7070e-14b9-11e3-933f-001a4bcf887a.html

 

Fox 11 Green Bay/Fox Valley (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned  http://www.fox11online.com/news/wisconsin/health-insurance-rates-questioned

 

WEAU TV Eau Clare (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned  http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Insurance-rates-released-by-Walker-questioned-222190421.html

 

Racine Journal Times (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned http://journaltimes.com/news/local/state-and-regional/insurance-rates-released-by-walker-questioned/article_de74af70-14bb-11e3-8ac8-0019bb2963f4.html

 

WTMJ 620 Milwaukee (AP) (Sept 3 2013) Insurance rates released by Walker questioned - http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/Insurance-rates-released-by-Walker-questioned-222192331.html

 

WMTV NBC 15 Madison (AP) (Sept 3 2013) Insurance rates released by Walker questioned - http://www.nbc15.com/news/headlines/Insurance-rates-released-by-Walker-questioned-222187741.html

 

Channel 3000 (AP) (Sept 3 2013) Insurance rates released by Walker questioned - http://www.channel3000.com/news/politics/Insurance-rates-released-by-Walker-questioned/-/4030/21760144/-/f2aw0h/-/index.html

 

ABC 5 St Paul/Minneapolis (AP) (Sept 3 2013) Insurance rates released by Walker questioned - http://kstp.com/article/stories/S3147509.shtml?cat=89

 

WKOW TV 27 ABC Madison  (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned    http://www.wkow.com/story/23325955/insurance-rates-released-by-walker-questioned

 

Appleton Post Crescent  (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned http://www.postcrescent.com/viewart/20130903/APC0104/309030239/Insurance-rates-released-by-Walker-questioned

 

WXOW TV 19 ABC La Crosse (September 3, 2013) Analysis: Madison Will See Highest Insurance Rate Increases http://www.wxow.com/story/23326998/2013/09/03/report

 

Business Week (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-09-03/insurance-rates-released-by-wis-dot-gov-questioned

 

Green Bay Press Gazette (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/viewart/20130903/GPG0101/309030255/Insurance-rates-released-by-Walker-questioned

 

Appleton Post Crescent (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned http://www.postcrescent.com/viewart/20130903/APC010403/309030274/Health-care-advocates-question-insurance-rates-released-by-Walker

 

Sheboygan Press  (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned http://www.sheboyganpress.com/viewart/20130903/SHE0101/309030276/Insurance-rates-released-by-Walker-questioned

 

Fond du Lac Reporter (September 3, 2013) (September 3, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Walker Questioned   http://www.fdlreporter.com/viewart/20130903/GPG0101/309030255/

 

Wisconsin Reporter (September 3, 2013) WI Individual Market Insurance to Soar Under ObamaCare http://watchdog.org/104067/wi-obamacare-individual-hike/

 

Huffington Post (September 3, 2013) Scott Walker Rate Information Questioned http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/03/scott-walker-health-care_n_3861619.html

 

WIZM Radio La Crosse (September 3, 2013) Interview with Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig on Walker Rate Hike Claims

 

WORT Radio Madison (September 3, 2013) Interview with Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig on Walker Rate Hike Claims

 

WTMJ TV 4 NBC Milwaukee (September 3, 2013) Increased Rates Released by Walker Questioned http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/Insurance-rates-released-by-Walker-questioned-222192331.html

 

Wisconsin Radio Network (September 3, 2013) Report Predicts Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up http://www.wrn.com/2013/09/report-predicts-health-care-premium-increases/

 

Spooner Advocate (September 4, 2013) State Predicts Increased Insurance Premiums http://www.spooneradvocate.com/news/regional/article_c58b70a6-1525-11e3-a764-0019bb2963f4.html

 

Superior Telegram (September 4, 2013) State Predicts Increased Insurance Premiums http://www.superiortelegram.com/event/article/id/80163/group/News/

 

Biz Times (September 4, 2013) Critics Blast State Estimates of Skyrocketing Rates http://www.biztimes.com/article/20130904/ENEWSLETTERS03/130909973

 

Racine Journal Times (September 4, 2013) Critics Blast State Estimate of Insurance Hikes http://journaltimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/critics-blast-state-estimate-of-skyrocketing-health-insurance-rates-under/article_3a15f6fd-82fa-5cff-8997-6ad2d8b33099.html

 

Wisconsin State Journal (September 4, 2013) Critics Blast State Estimates of Insurance Hikes http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/critics-blast-state-estimate-of-skyrocketing-health-insurance-rates/article_4e42f8d3-b533-5dbc-a659-4ce681d24173.html

 

Wisconsin Public Radio (September 4, 2013) State Predicts Increased Insurance Premiums Under Affordable Care Act http://news.wpr.org/post/state-predicts-increase-premiums-after-health-care-law-implementation

 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (September 4, 2013) Affordable Care Act May Drive Rates, Walker Administration Says http://www.jsonline.com/business/affordable-care-act-may-drive-rates-higher-walker-administration-says-b9990013z1-222275821.html

 

Dubuque Telegraph Herald (September 4, 2013) Insurance-increases figures Questioned http://www.thonline.com/news/iowa-illinois-wisconsin/article_69d93028-abc7-50fb-a504-525eb1a2ae26.html

 

WJFW TV 12 NBC Rhinelander Governor’s Administration Predicts Some Health Insurane Rates Will Skyrocket http://www.wjfw.com/print_story.html?SKU=20130903171835&textsize=large

 

KBOO Radio Portland (September 4, 3013) Interview with Citizen Action’s Kevin Kane on Health Insurance Rates Controversy

 

Fox 6 News Milwaukee (September 4, 2013) Debate Over Cost, Impact of New Health Exchanges http://fox6now.com/2013/09/04/debate-over-cost-impact-of-new-healthcare-exchanges/

 

Fox 11 Green Bay/ Fox Valley (Sept 4, 2013) New numbers on Affordable Care Act -http://www.fox11online.com/news/local/fox-cities/new-numbers-on-affordable-care-act

 

WFRV Green Bay/Fox Valley (Sept 5, 2013) New Health Insurance Marketplace opens October 1 http://www.wearegreenbay.com/story/new-health-insurance-marketplace-opens-october-1/d/story/j-RaUoALLE2S-2PeE8KLGg

 

WISM Radio La Crosse (September 5, 2013) Interview With Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig on ACA Implementation

 

Insurance Journal (Sept 4, 2013) Insurance Rates Released by Wisconsin Governor Questioned http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/05/304145.htm

 

WIBA 1310 Madison (September 5, 2013) Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig on Mitch Henck Show on Rate Increase Hoax http://www.wiba.com/media/podcast-outside-the-box-with-mitch-henck-outsidethebox/outside-the-box-thurs-9513-9am-23672684/

 

Racine Journal Times (September 5, 2013) Insurance Rate Increase Least for Racine and Kenosha http://journaltimes.com/news/local/state-insurance-rate-increases-the-least-for-racine-kenosha-area/article_cbd5e7bc-161e-11e3-8faa-001a4bcf887a.html

 

Green Bay Press Gazette (September 6, 2013) Information, Not Costs, Available on Health Reform http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20130905/GPG0101/309050288/Information-not-costs-available-health-reform

 

WGBA TV 26 NBC Green Bay/Fox Valley (September 5, 2013) Health Care Town Hall Meeting http://www.nbc26.com/news/Health-Care-Town-Hall-Meetings--222593431.html

 

WBAY TV 2 ABC Green Bay/Fox Valley (September 5, 2013) Town Hall Provides Answers on Health Care Reform http://www.wbay.com/story/23304139/2013/08/30/town-hall-meetings-on-affordable-care-act

 

Kenosha News (September 6, 2013) Preliminary Estimates Show Rate Increase in Kenosha http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/preliminary_estimates_show_big_premium_increases_under_federal_health_care_law_473208017.html

 

WKOW TV 27 ABC Madison (September 6, 2013) Citizen Action Wants Full  Insurance Rates from Walker Administration http://m.wkow.com/w/local/story/99221144/

 

Wisconsin Public Television (September 6, 2013) Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig Critiques Walker Admin Insurnace Rate Misinformation http://wpt.org/Here_and_Now/robert-kraig-criticizes-oci-cost-projections-exchanges

 

WXOW TV 19 ABC La Crosse (September 6, 2013) Citizen Action Wants Insurance Rates from Walker Administration  http://www.wxow.com/story/23364086/2013/09/06/citizen-action-wants-full-rate-disclosure-from-walker-administration

 

WORT Radio Madison (September 6, 2013) Interview with Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig on ACA Implementation on Labor Radio

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (September 9, 2013) Former Walker Rival Kathleen Falk To Head Up ObamaCare Start Up http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/former-scott-walker-rival-kathleen-falk-to-lead-obamacare-startup-b9991661z1-222979201.html

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