Research - Wisconsinites Have Many Choices

Looking at the number of plans offered to Wisconsin consumers by county

With the advent of open enrollment, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin consumers will be heading to the new marketplace at Healthcare.gov, and finally the full rate information, areas of service and plan details in Wisconsin are public. For months we have called on the Walker Administration to release this vital information they promised would come out early August. One possible reason for their refusal? There's a lot of consumer choice taking place!

The marketplace gives new options for consumers. The opportunity to pick plans they could not before, the freedom to easily and truly compare apples to apples, and the security to know that all of the plans offer vital protections no matter who you are!

The following is a breakdown of the number of new insurance plans that residents of each county will have access to they did not have a year ago. These "Qualified Health Plans" are easy to compare on the marketplace (Healthcare.gov) as they are separated between Catastrophic, "Bronze", "Silver", "Gold", and "Platinum" plans; based on the quality and price you want to spend.

Adams - 18 new plans
Ashland - 8 new plans
Barron - 26 new plans
Bayfield - 8 new plans
Brown - 99 new plans
Buffalo - 26 new plans
Burnett - 8 new plans
Calumet - 99 new plans
Chippewa - 26 new plans
Clark - 8 new plans
Columbia - 70 new plans
Crawford - 36 new plans
Dane - 82 new plans
Dodge - 143 new plans
Door - 99 new plans
Douglas - 8 new plans
Dunn - 18 new plans
Eau Claire - 26 new plans
Florence - 2 new plans
Fond du Lac - 99 new plans
Forest - 10 new plans
Grant - 36 new plans
Green - 29 new plans
Green Lake - 10 new plans
Iowa - 70 new plans
Iron - 8 new plans
Jackson - 34 new plans
Jefferson - 90 new plans
Juneau - 44 new plans
Kenosha - 89 new plans
Kewaunee - 97 new plans
La Crosse - 26 new plans
Lafayette - 26 new plans
Langlade - 79 new plans
Lincoln - 87 new plans
Manitowoc - 99 new plans
Marathon - 87 new plans
Marinette - 99 new plans
Marquette - 10 new plans
MenomOnee - 27 new plans
Milwaukee - 89 new plans
Monroe - 34 new plans
Oconto - 99 new plans
Oneida - 23 new plans
Outagamie - 99 new plans
Ozaukee - 89 new plans
Pepin - 18 new plans
Pierce - 23 new plans
Polk - 23 new plans
Portage - 23 new plans
Price - 16 new plans
Racine - 89 new plans
Richland - 36 new plans
Rock - 33 new plans
Rusk - 26 new plans
Sauk - 100 new plans
Sawyer - 16 new plans
Shawano - 115 new plans
Sheboygan - 99 new plans
St. Croix - 23 new plans
Taylor - 79 new plans
Trempealeau - 34 new plans
Vernon - 36 new plans
Vilas - 8 new plans
Walworth - 102 new plans
Washburn - 8 new plans
Washington - 89 new plans
Waukesha - 99 new plans
Waupaca - 81 new plans
Waushara - 23 new plans
Winnebago - 89 new plans
Wood - 79 new plans

 

Here is the most important part: not only do you as the consumer have more choice, you have more security. You can rest easy knowing that every one of these plans must do the following!

  • Must accept you, cannot deny or drop you, or charge you higher rates (or even exclude body parts!) if you have a pre-existing health condition
  • They cannot charge you more if you are female
  • They must offer preventive care services (my mammograms and checkups) free of charge! No co-pays or deductibles
  • All plans must cover ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care

And much more. So go to Healthcare.gov and see what's in your area, and have confidence that the Affordable Care Act is making getting coverage a lot easier. Insurance companies must play fairly, it's the law.

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