FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2013
Contact: Rep. Steineke: 608-266-2418
Rep. Steineke Supports Extending Deadline to
Transition onto Federal Healthcare Exchange
Special Session addresses failed rollout of Obamacare
Madison . . . State Representative Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) voted today to approve an extension that allows more time for Wisconsin residents to sign up for the federal health insurance marketplace. Special Session Assembly Bill 1 extends the deadline to April 1, 2014.
“Today’s vote alleviates damage caused by President Obama’s failed attempt to launch the federal health care exchange,” Rep. Steineke said. “Even though Wisconsin was ready to move forward with the exchange, the federal government was not. The plan we passed today makes sure that no one is kicked off BadgerCare before they can sign up for coverage through the marketplace.”
Earlier this year, Wisconsin chose to have the federal government establish the health insurance exchange. When the federal exchange website opened, technological problems ensued, and few people were able to register. This three-month extension will allow more time for people to sign up for health care coverage on the federal exchange. The bill also permits individuals who had health insurance policies issued by the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP) that were in effect on December 1, 2013 to maintain coverage under HIRSP through March 31, 2014.
“Obamacare continues to falter, but Wisconsin citizens shouldn’t have to suffer as a result,” Rep. Steineke continued. “We are protecting taxpayers by not further expanding costly entitlements. The extended deadline will result in a net savings of up to $23 million dollars for taxpayers. I’m disappointed that 32 democrats voted against this measure that looks out for the interests of the people of Wisconsin.”
The bill passed on a 64-32 vote and will now go to the state Senate for passage and Governor Walker for signing.