June 15
Finance Committee Chooses
Market Competition and Consumer Choice

Nancy Wenzel, Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans, offered the following statements on the 16 - 0 vote by the Joint Committee on Finance to reject contracts to sel...

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May 26
Administration Implies Self-Funding will Increase State Costs

The following statement may be attributed to Phil Dougherty, spokesman for the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans. See more on the self-funding issue at wihealthplans.org.

The Wa...

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March 30
Community-Based Health Plans Working to Reduce Opioid Abuse, Addiction in Wisconsin Communities

Members of the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans have jointly committed to combating opioid abuse and addiction in Wisconsin. While individual member health plans have already implemented strategi...

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February 22  |  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Musser: For Wisconsin, Market Competition is the Right Way

The alternative is consolidation--fewer health plans, fewer consumer choices, potential disruption and reduced access, according to former Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner and Wisconsin Health Informa...

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February 8
Board Abandons Choice and Competition
in Favor of Consolidation, Financial Risk

(Madison) - Wisconsin Association of Health Plans spokesman Phil Dougherty issued the following statement in response to the Group Insurance Board decision today to self-fund the State Group Healt...

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December 16
WISC-TV Editorial on Self-Funding & GIB Delay

WISC-TV aired a video editorial noting there are many unanswered questions regarding ...

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November 30  |  La Crosse Tribune
Justin Sydnor Column: Self-insuring health benefits
is complicated for Wisconsin - La Crosse Tribune

"Research shows clearly tha...

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November 28
Op-ed: Barak Richman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin's state leaders should continue pursuing policies that sustain Wisconsin's competitive health care market....

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November 15  |  Associated Press
Wisconsin Health Care Groups
Concerned about Self-Insurance

MADISON, Wis. -- A group of health care stakeholders have asked Gov. Scott Walker to consider how self-insuring state workers could affect Wisconsin's economy and its health care market.

T...

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November 14  |  Wisconsin State Journal
Health Care Groups Ask Scott Walker
to Consider Impact of Self-Insurance

The Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Wisconsin Medical Society and a dozen other health care stakeholder groups on Monday asked Gov. Scott Walker to consider how self-insuring state workers could i...

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September 27
New Analysis: Self-Funding could Jeopardize Wisconsin's
Effective State Group Health Program, Competitive Health Insurance Market

(Madison) - Proponents of self-funding the State Group Health Program are failing to recognize that Wisconsin is not like other states or employers, and many of the reasons to self-fund don't apply to...

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September 19
State Policymakers Must Consider Full Risk of Self-Funding
and Safeguard Wisconsin's Competitive Health Insurance Market

(Madison) - The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans is calling on state lawmakers to fully consider the risk and costs of self-funding the State Group Health Program. Today is the deadline for re...

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September 16
Community-Based Health Plans
Elect Association Leadership for 2016 - 2017

Madison, Wis. - The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans Board voted to elect new Association officers for the term October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017. The Association is the voice of 13 co...

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September 16
National Expert says Health Insurance Competition Matters,
Other States should Adopt Wisconsin Model

(Madison) - Wisconsin has a uniquely competitive health insurance market, and state policymakers should be vigilant to preserve it, according to national health ...

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August 19
There is More to Consider than the Results of a Request for Proposals (RFP)

Madison - The consequences of self-funding the State Group Health Program go well beyond the change in how health care claims are processed. The results of a request for proposals (RFP) to evaluate se...

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August 17
Market Competition Again Produces Results for the State Group Health Program

Madison)-The market competition approach used in the State Group Health Program again proved its effectiveness in controlling costs, as the Group Insurance Board approved an overall 1.6 percent non-Me...

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July 22
Self-Funding RFP: A Closer Look at a Bad Idea

Madison) - With the release of the request for proposals (RFP), the state is taking a formal step to look more closely at Segal's recommendation to self-fund the State Group Health Program. But the RF...

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July 8
Analysis Explains Why Self-Funding is Not Necessarily the Answer

A new online analysis concludes that self-funding is not the answer for certain employers in competitive markets. In fact, HCTrends points out that in some cases projected savings never materialize, c...

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June 7
An RFP is Not Enough

(Madison) - State officials are leaning on a request-for-proposals (RFP) process to support a state consultant's recommendation to self-fund the 250,000-enrollee State Group Health Program. Wisconsin...

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May 18
Self-Funding State Plan Would Hinder Competition,
Disrupt Local Markets

(Madison) - The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans issued the following statement following the May 18 Group Insurance Board meeting, where the state's consultants outlined preparations for obt...

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January 20
It's Premature to Start Spending "Savings" from Self-Funding

The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans is concerned the Governor is getting ahead of himself by banking on "savings" from self-funding the State Group Health Program. It's premature to start spend...

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Competition and Choice Matter to Wisconsin, State Group Health Program December 10
Competition and Choice Matter to Wisconsin, State Group Health Program

(Madison, Wis.) - Wisconsin Association of Health Plans Senior Executive Officer Phil Dougherty appeared on the December 4 episode of Here and Now to discuss Segal Consulting's November 17 report to t...

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December 9
La Crosse Tribune: Competitive Marketplace Works for State

The La Crosse Tribune editorial supports preservation of market competition in the State Group Health Program....

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November 18
Consideration of State Group Health Program Recommendations Should Include Impact on Competition, Health Insurance Market

(Madison, Wis.) - The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans is recommending careful analysis of the State Group Health Program recommendations included in Segal Consulting's November 17 report to the ...

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October 27
Bipartisan Assembly Vote Shows Lawmakers Understand
the Importance of Legislative Oversight of State Health Plan

(Madison) - Wisconsin Association of Health Plans Chief Executive Officer Nancy Wenzel issued the following statement in response to the bipartisan, 90 - 2 vote by the State Assembly to advance Assemb...

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October 15
Community-Based Health Plans Applaud Joint Finance Committee Action Toward State Group Health Plan Oversight

Madison - The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans applauds the October 15 vote by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) to recommend for passage Senate Bill 312 and Assembly Bill 394. The vote was 15 -...

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September 29
Statement on Introduction of Legislative Oversight Bills

(Madison) - Wisconsin Association of Health Plans Chief Executive Officer Nancy Wenzel issued the following statement in response to the introduction of legislation that would give the Wisconsin L...

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September 18
Community-Based Health Plans Elect
Association Leadership for 2015 - 2016

Madison, Wis. - The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans Board voted September 18 to elect new Association officers for the term October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016. The Association is the ...

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June 25
Supreme Court Ruling Preserves Essential Subsidies

Wisconsin Association of Health Plans Senior Executive Officer Phil Dougherty issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell. Eight of the 15 he...

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May 19
JFC Applauded for Recognizing Importance

of Legislative Oversight of State Health Plan

We applaud the bipartisan action of the Joint Finance Committee to define a new process for legislative oversight of the State Health Plan.

The State Health Plan is 14% of Wisconsin's commercial ...

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March 25
Segal Report Self-Funding Analysis is Flawed

Report Ignores Financial Risk to the State

(Madison) - We are stunned the report includes a savings number that has not been thoroughly analyzed, and fails to detail downside or risk. Two previou...

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September 22
Wisconsin Association of Health Plans Elects Leaders, Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary

Madison, Wis., 9/22/2014 - The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans Board voted September 19 to elect new Association leaders for the term October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015. The vote on A...

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June 25
Wisconsin Insurers Release Statewide Economic Impact Report

Report by Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Reveals Importance of Insurers to State Economy, Jobs

(MADISON) - In the state's quest for growth in family-supporting jobs, no industry is m...

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March 8
Study Shows Medicaid Managed Care Plans Provide Higher Quality Care, Better Value for Taxpayers

According to a new report by the America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Medicaid managed care plans enhance a Medicaid patient's quality of life and improve their health while reducing health car...

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