health care reform

Policy Roundup: Other Legislative Highlights

>> Although a popular bipartisan bill requiring retailers to place all tobacco products behind the counter passed out of the Senate last year, it stalled in its Committee in the Assembly after receiving a public hearing, and will not pass this session. This bill is a priority for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS… Read more »

State Update: WI Health Care Stability Plan

During his State of the State Address in January, Gov. Walker set forth a plan to stabilize Wisconsin’s health insurance Marketplace and indicated his support for legislation that would ensure protections for people with pre-existing conditions, regardless of changes at the federal level. The State Legislature has now moved forward with one of those proposals -… Read more »

Marketplace Open Enrollment Starts Strong, Despite Navigator Cuts

Less than two months before the 2018 Marketplace open enrollment period began, the federal government announced funding cuts to advertising and enrollment assistance. Now that open enrollment has started, how is the Marketplace faring? Sam Austin, associate researcher at UW’s Population Health Institute, reviewed how the state’s largest navigator program, Covering Wisconsin (CWI), has responded to federal… Read more »

Health Care Reform Remains a High Priority

Despite an additional failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since our last Policy Committee meeting, as well as a yet-unsuccessful bipartisan effort to stabilize the law’s insurance markets, health insurance reform remains in the spotlight as Congress grapples with tax reform. HJ Waukau, policy specialist with the Wisconsin Medical Society,… Read more »

Latest ACA Repeal Bill: Repercussions for Cancer Community?

Lifetime limits, increased costs, and other possible impacts on survivors and families Congress returned to work this month after a brief summer recess and quickly revived its efforts to reform the health care system – with three very different proposals. The Policy Committee reviewed all three proposals during our September meeting. Since our meeting, the… Read more »

New Fact Sheet Explores Reemergence of High-Risk Pools

A new fact sheet from the WI CCC Program explores the reemergence of high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions. High-risk pools have become a popular proposal in the current health care reform debate. Wisconsin’s former program, the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP), is being promoted as a national model. The latest fact sheet, titled… Read more »

The Senate Health Care Bill and Cancer

BCRA would have major impact on cancer community The Senate’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains several policy changes that would have a significant impact on the cancer community. A vote on the bill was postponed this week, yet it is expected to be revised quickly. Senate Republicans drafted the… Read more »