Gov. Scott Walker visited hospitals across the state last week, touring facilities, meeting with hospital leaders, providers and staff and speaking with the media about his plan to stabilize the individual health insurance market. The Governor visited Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, HSHS Sacred Heart in Eau Claire, Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.
The hospital visits came less than two weeks after the Governor met with WHA’s Board of Directors (see story here) to discuss the benefits of Senate Bill 770, legislation to create a $200 million reinsurance program designed to lower health insurance rates by 13 percent than otherwise projected. The bill has received support from WHA and passed both the Senate and the Assembly with bipartisan support. Walker is expected to sign the bill sometime in the next week.