Newsmakers: Impact of Federal Health-Care Law
A new study of the impact of the 2009 federal health-care reform law on Wisconsin warns that it will cause higher premiums for many residents, a sharp drop in employer-provided health insurance, and widespread "disruption" in Wisconsin’s insurance industry. In a Newsmakers interview on Aug. 25, the two state officials who must administer the federal law, Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith and Insurance Commissioner Ted Nickel, explained the study’s conclusions and why the governor and the Legislature must authorize an information "exchange" as soon as possible. A Wisconsin exchange would provide consumers and employers data on health-insurance companies, benefits and costs. If Wisconsin does not design its own exchange, the federal government will do so.