Wis. Gov. Walker calls for Special Session concerning Affordable Care Act

By KBJR News 1

Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker giving his State of the State address.

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 3:05 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Governor Scott Walker has called for a special session of the Legislature to delay the implementation of the federal health care exchange for Wisconsin residents.

The Governor says this special session was prompted due to the "failed federal rollout of the Affordable Care Act" and that he wants to protect Wisconsin citizens.

The legislation Governor Walk wants to move forward on is a three-month delay through March 31, 2014, in the implementation for people in Wisconsin moving into health care plans in the federal exchange.

Walker also announced a three-month extension for the state’s high-risk insurance plan, known as the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan, to provide a safety net during the transition for some of the state’s most vulnerable.

“In Wisconsin, we are taking action to protect our citizens from the federal government’s failure,” said Governor Walker. “We will take care of the people of our state and not let them slip through the cracks. 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 is calling on President Obama to open up Wisconsin’s competitive market to all consumers and allow those who qualify for subsidies to use them to purchase any qualified health plan, not just those listed in the exchange.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
kburns@kbjr.com