Wisconsin Receives $73 Million To Help Insure Uninsured Residents

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 at 7:51 am

The Health Insurance Risk Sharing Plan (HIRSP) is currently seeking Wisconsin residents that have been denied health insurance or have lost employer-sponsored coverage, for enrollment in HIRSP federally funded health insurance plans. The HIRSP Authority, a Wisconsin public body, was established for the purpose of maintaining and administering the insurance risk-sharing pool known as HIRSP. HIRSP Authority has received $73 million from the federal government as part of Health Care Reform to provide more affordable coverage to Wisconsin residents who are currently uninsured because of a pre-existing medical condition. Since 1979, HIRSP has insured hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites.

Over 525,000 non-elderly Wisconsin residents are without health insurance. “People often think that only low-income segments of our population are uninsured,” says Amie Goldman, HIRSP Authority CEO. “But, the fact is those being denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions and those that have lost employer-sponsored coverage make up a significant portion of Wisconsin’s uninsured. Often times these residents have not explored health insurance options, either because of the cost, or because they think their pre-existing condition will disqualify them. But, we want people to know that they do not have to be without health insurance, because HIRSP can help.”

HIRSP has developed a 2011 outreach initiative to reach Wisconsinites who can benefit from the newly created HIRSP Federal plans. These plans offer coverage, with no waiting periods for pre-existing conditions, to Wisconsinites who have been uninsured for six months or more and who have a pre-existing condition. Premiums for these plans are affordable and are at commercial market rates. For example, a 38 year old can get HIRSP health insurance for as little as $5 a day. Wisconsin residents can easily check their own eligibility and get benefit details by visiting www.HIRSP.org , or by calling 1-888-253-2698.

HIRSP was created in 1979 to help insure Wisconsin residents who are unable to get health insurance through work or traditional channels and those that have been denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions. Benefits plans are administered by WPS, one of Wisconsin’s largest health benefits providers and the only statewide not-for-profit insurer.

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