BizTimes Morning Headlines: State officials prepare for health insurance exchanges

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is working aggressively to make sure people who need to sign up for a private health insurance exchange under new federal rules have the information they need on time, Wisconsin’s Medicaid director Brett Davis said Tuesday.


Davis stressed that even though everyone is working under a tight deadline to get people enrolled in the exchanges starting in October, he believed many private groups would be involved in smoothing the transition.

A key part of President Barack Obama’s health care law, the exchanges are supposed to transform the way individuals and small businesses buy private health insurance by increasing transparency and competition and boosting government oversight of insurers. The federal government will subsidize the policies with hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money.

However, at a meeting Tuesday in Middleton of about 60 representatives of hospitals, insurance companies, health clinics, veterans groups and others, many voiced concerns about the immensity of the task of enrolling an estimated 600,000 people by January when the exchanges go live.

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