HWW PULSE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Tim Jost, Health Law & Policy Expert

posted 4.16.18

Brynne McBride of ABC for Health, Inc. and HealthWatch Wisconsin, Inc. spoke with Tim Jost, Health Law & Policy Expert on topics of health insurance market stability and reinsurance.

Tim Jost, Emeritus Health Law Professor at Washington and Lee University and former Health Affairs Blogger; winner of the 2017 HealthWatch Wisconsin "Outstanding Media" Award.

• His Work in Health Law

• Reinsurance

• Section 1332 Waivers

• "Destabilizing Forces"

• Medicaid Expansion

•Health Care as a Voting Issue


When It Rains, It Pours (Or Snows)

posted 4.16.18


On Friday, April 13, ABC for Health submitted comment to Deputy Insurance Commissioner JP Wieske on the State's Draft 1332 Waiver Request to create a State Reinsurance Program. With the draft waiver, Governor Scott Walker changes course and pivots toward the ACA and the reinsurance concept. The plan, approved by the legislature, includes a request for federal and state funding for a state operated reinsurance program that would partially reimburse individual health insurance plans for claims paid on behalf of their highest cost enrollees.

While ABC for Health generally recognizes reinsurance programs as a useful tool, especially in risky insurance markets, Wisconsin's proposed waiver request generates three major concerns: 1. Lack of sufficient consumer protections; 2. Troubling funding mechanisms; and 3. Insufficient impact in the context of recent state and federal policy.

ABC writes, "Under the right circumstances, reinsurance is an effective tool to help stabilize risk and jittery insurance marketplaces. The Wisconsin approach, however, could be drastically improved to better serve the insurance consumers of our state."


The HealthCare Coverage Quest!

posted 3.16.18






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Thank you to everyone who made our 11th Annual HealthWatch Wisconsin Conference, "The HealthCare Coverage Quest: The Road To Reimbursements" a success!

We gathered energetic advocates, lawmakers, Democratic candidates for governor, medical professionals, and even a few students to discuss access to affordable health care and coverage for all people in Wisconsin! Here are a few highlights:

On our journey, we heard from care and coverage trailblazers:

"We have to do everything we can to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate, and increase access to health care from birth to grave."   -Rep. Beth Meyers


"By expanding Medicaid, we could cover more and pay less. We could join the civilized world and every other Western democracy and provide everyone with access to health care."  -Rep. Chris Taylor


"We can create the [healthcare] resources that we need in each and every community. The pieces of how to do this are already in place."  -Kathleen Vinehout


"We need to treat mental health and substance abuse as part of community treatment and not part of the criminal justice system."   -Kelda Roys


We honored individuals doing outstanding work in Advocacy, Outreach, and Media:

Advocate of the Year
Media Effort of the Year
Outreach Effort of the Year
Kathy Judd
Dane Co. Economic Support
Timothy Jost
Health Affairs Blog
Liz Hecht
Family Voices of WI
& Waisman Center-UCEDD

And collectively we found and gained insights from interactive sessions, a diverse group of guest speakers, and most importantly--from each other.

Attendees, watch your inbox!  You'll get an electronic evaluation form where you can share additional feedback on plenary sessions, workshops, and overall conference experience. We have also shared your questions that we didn't have time for with our legislative guests! We will share their answers in a future email or newsletter! In the meantime, peruse our  Photo Gallery  of conference highlights! We hope to see you all again at next year's conference!



It's Not Too Late; Become a Member!

updated 12.5.17

Individuals or organizations can join at any time. Encourage a coworker or friend to take advantage of state of the art communication, networking, and training designed to amplify efforts and empower those working to help connect Wisconsinites to health care and coverage.


The HealthWatch Wisconsin membership year runs October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018. We're excited to announce that HealthWatch membership includes: 


  1. Two FREE Live, in-person workshops 

  2. Comprehensive online video trainings 

  3. Publications, fact sheets, and resources

  4. Comprehensive newsletter and discussion of current events

  5. Substantial Discounts on the HealthWatch Annual Conference





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