Change Of Direction In Wisconsin’s Healthcare Structure?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 7:12 am

Tuesday is a key day in Wisconsin. The outgoing secretary of the state Department of Health Services is scheduled to give an update on what the state plans to do in regards to changing Medicaid eligibility and how the state will interact with a federally operated health insurance marketplace known as an exchange.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith is scheduled to give the update Tuesday at the HealthWatch Wisconsin conference. The Associated Press reports the speech comes after Smith’s surprise announcement Friday that he was resigning his post to take a job with a Washington, D.C., law firm.

Wisconsin legislators working on health-related issues are also scheduled to speak at the conference.

Gov. Scott Walker has declined to have the state run the exchange and he has also rejected a federally funded expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law.

In Minnesota, legislators are working feverishly to establish an exchange before they have no choice but to accept the Federal plan.

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