Five insurance companies operating in Wisconsin have said they will offer standardized health plans in 2017, the advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin announced Thursday.
Citizen Action of Wisconsin executive director Robert Kraig called those plans "low out-of-pocket health plans," as they carry no deductibles for some medical services including primary care visits for injuries and illness, prescriptions and specialist visits.
The Obama administration issued new regulations for the creation of these standardized plans earlier this year, but participation was made voluntary and left up to states to implement.
Citizen Action and some Democratic state lawmakers have since lobbied insurance companies in Wisconsin to offer the plans, and five companies have confirmed they will do so starting in 2017:
- Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative
- Molina Healthcare
- Network Health
- Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, said there is "still room for improvement" in making health care more affordable and accessible, but said the announcement shows advocates can "move the pendulum forward."
This story has been updated to reflect that Arise/WPS will no longer participate in the health care exchange in 2017 and will not offer a standardized plan.
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