UpFront: State official looks for expansion of insurance subsidies

Improving insurance enrollment numbers in Wisconsin depends on expanding subsidies to plans not currently listed on the federal exchange, Deputy Insurance Commissioner Dan Schwartzer said on “UpFront with Mike Gousha.”

“It’s a stark contrast how many more carriers are available for consumers in the outside market than on the exchange,” Schwartzer said on the show, produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.

Fewer than 900 Wisconsin residents have signed up for health care through the exchange.

“We’ve had a lot of anecdotal information that the exchange wasn’t working that great,” said Schwartzer, adding that when low numbers were verified, Walker moved to delay BadgerCare changes.

Schwartzer said a state-run exchange wouldn’t have produced better results.

“All the clog is happening at the federal data hub, so whether you’re in the federal exchange or a state-based exchange, you rely on the federal data hub to determine the eligibility for the subsidies,” said Schwartzer.

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