By Paul Schmitt
With projected health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act exchange increasing an average of 36 percent in Wisconsin as announced last Thursday, state lawmakers are looking for a solution to a potential crisis. Citizen Action of Wisconsin released numbers on Friday that showed health insurance premiums and cost sharing would decrease from 2017 to 2018 if the state adopted reforms Governor Scott Walker and the Legislature have so far refused to consider, according to Rep. Eric Genrich (D) of Green Bay. Genrich believes the health insurance increases can be avoided by implementing a Badger Care buy-in.
Genrich, the ranking Democrat member of the Assembly Insurance Committee, is calling on his Republican colleagues to support the Badger Care alternative as a constructive solution to the looming skyrocketing cost of health insurance premiums.