During the Congressional recess, area health care leaders from Ascension Wisconsin, Aspirus and Hospital Sisters Health System met with U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy at his district office in Wausau. The only topic of discussion during the meeting was health care repeal/replace legislation known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
Hospital/system leaders highlighted concerns with any legislation that does not recognize Wisconsin’s unique and successful model for reducing the state’s uninsured rate. This Wisconsin Model provides Medicaid coverage to everyone in poverty and then affordable insurance, through federal cost-sharing subsidies and premium assistance on the federal exchange, to those over the poverty level. Leaders expressed the need for Rep. Duffy and Congress to provide Wisconsin with funding parity under the AHCA with respect to Wisconsin’s "partial Medicaid expansion" and to ensure lower-income individuals on the federal exchange can afford coverage going forward.