Governor Walker to hold special session to protect Wisconsin citizens

Governor Walker to hold special session to protect Wisconsin citizens

Following President Obama's morning announcement on the Affordable Care Act, Governor Scott Walker has announced his plan to hold a special session to protect Wisconsin citizens.
MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) - Following President Obama's morning announcement on the Affordable Care Act, Governor Scott Walker has announced his plan to hold a special session to protect Wisconsin citizens. The special session will be called to take up legislation that would move forward with a three month delay through March 31, 3014, in the wake of the failed roll out the Affordable Care Act.

The delay would help in the implementation for Wisconsin residents moving into health care plans in the federal exchange. 

Governor Walker also announced a three month extension for the state's high-risk insurance plan, or the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP). This extension would provide a safety net for Wisconsin residents during the transition, for some of the state's most vulnerable people.

"This delay will give Wisconsinites additional time, but the federal government must fix the issues with its health care exchange, so our people can make a logical transition," Governor Walker says.

The governor also called on the Obama Administration to open the state's competitive market to everyone, and allow those who qualify to purchase any qualified health plan. Currently, those who qualify can only enroll in health plans on the federal exchange. If the governor's plea is granted, people can use their subsidies to have access to more insurance provider options.

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