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Gov. Walker orders special session to address healthcare

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Gov. Scott Walker

MADISON (WITI) — Gov. Scott Walker issued on Friday, November 22nd Executive Order #123 calling a special session of the Legislature to address the implications of the failed federal launch of the Affordable Care Act.  The special session will begin on December 2nd.

Last week, Gov. Walker laid out a plan for a three-month delay in the implementation of people moving into health care plans in the federal exchange.  A three-month extension of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP) was also announced in order to provide a safety net during the transition for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.

At the same time, Gov. Walker called on Pres. Barack Obama’s Administration to allow Wisconsinites, who qualify for subsidies, to use their subsidies to purchase any qualified health plan.  This will provide more insurance provider options because in many counties people will have more options outside of the exchange than they do on it.

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