On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance voted to include language in its proposed state budget that sunsets the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan. The state budget must now pass the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate and be signed by Governor Walker. The language approved by the Joint Committee on Finance establishes the last day of coverage for HIRSP and HIRSP Federal Plan members as December 31, 2013 unless the federal healthcare marketplace in Wisconsin is not accepting applications at that time. The federal healthcare marketplace (formerly known as the healthcare exchange) is the key feature of national healthcare reform. The marketplace is expected to begin accepting applications on October 1, 2013 for private, guaranteed coverage effective January 1, 2014. HIRSP will be providing detailed information to HIRSP and HIRSP Federal Plan members in the near future. To stay informed, please register on the HIRSP website at http://hirsp.org/about/hcr-email-signup.php to receive important email updates regarding your HIRSP or HIRSP Federal Plan coverage. HIRSP and HIRSP Federal Plan coverage will remain in effect until December 31, 2013.
re: HIRSP Federal Applications.
Effective March 2, 2013, the HIRSP Federal Plan can no longer accept new applications due to Federal budget constraints. Any new HIRSP Federal Plan applications MUST be received by midnight on March 1, 2013 to be considered for coverage. This enrollment freeze DOES NOT impact the HIRSP state plans. The HIRSP state plans will continue to enroll new members. Existing HIRSP and HIRSP Federal Plan members are not affected by this change and their coverage continues to be in effect. Please contact us at (888) 253-2698 or email at HIRSPweb@wpsic.com with questions.
HIRSP offers 2 plan options
- The HIRSP Plan is for an individual who has recently been insured.
- HIRSP Medicare Supplement Plan is for individuals who are on Medicare because of a disability or for current HIRSP members who turn 65 while enrolled in HIRSP.
BadgerCare Plus & HIRSP: How do they work together?
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