May 30, 2018

For Immediate Release– May 30, 2018

Contact: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324 robert.kraig@citizenactionwi.org

Uses authority from Trump Administration to allow sale of dangerous substandard health plans

BadgerCare Public Option is a better way to increase access to affordable, quality health coverage

Statewide: Tuesday the Walker Administration built on its 7-year record of sabotaging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by permitting the continued sale of substandard “lemon” health plans through the end of 2019 on the individual and small group markets.

The move shows that Walker’s dramatic change in tone in his State of the State Address, where he claimed to want to stabilize the Wisconsin individual health insurance market, was nothing more than an empty promise during an election year. The individual health insurance marketplace has been buffeted by years of sabotage by Congressional conservatives, President Trump, and the governor himself. The failed effort by Trump and Congressional Republicans to repeal the ACA without any viable replacement sparked a powerful public resistance which has made expanding the right to health care a first tier issue in the 2018 elections.

In a bulletin published by Walker’s Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) on May 29, the agency announced that it was using new authority created by the Trump Administration in April to permit the sale of so-called “transitional” health plans until December 31, 2019.  According to the OCI, this rule “provides insurers relief” from provisions of the ACA which “guarantee the availability of coverage;” prohibit “pre-existing condition exclusions or other discrimination based on health status;” “guarantee the renewability of coverage;” and guarantee “comprehensive health insurance coverage.”

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