In a recent post from Raising Wisconsin Women’s Voices, we outlined how the state of Wisconsin had until November 16 to submit a framework for our state Exchange to the US Department of Health and Human Services. If this deadline wasn’t met, the state would default to an insurance Exchange organized by the federal government, or to a federal and state partnership.
However, after the re-election of President Obama, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, released a memo detailing an extension of the deadline. While states are still required to submit a letter declaring their intent to follow a state-based plan by November 16, they have until December 14 to finish their Exchange blueprint. Each state will be given an “approval” or “conditional approval” rating by January, 2013.
In addition, states who wish to build the Exchange in partnership with the federal government now have until February 2013 to submit their blueprints.
In her letter, Secretary Sebelius also emphasized that there will be no delays in full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which is set to occur in January, 2014.
We at RWWV and the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health urge Governor Walker to take advantage of this remaining month, and begin outlining our Wisconsin Exchange through an open, transparent, and accountable process. The Walker Administration remains undecided, but we believe that a well developed state-led Exchange will benefit Wisconsinites the most and contribute to the success of the Affordable Care Act.