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Protect coverage for pre-existing conditions

Evers said he would send a letter when he takes office that says: “As my first act in office, I am immediately withdrawing the authority previously provided under Wis. Stat. § 165.25(1m) for Wisconsin to participate in litigation over the Affordable Care Act in Texas, et al. v. the United States.”

He also pledged to “extend protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing health conditions. It is estimated that half of Wisconsinites have some kind of pre-existing health condition like cancer, diabetes, a heart condition, obesity or depression.”

This promise focuses on the second part -- steps taken to protect coverage of pre-existing conditions.

Subjects: Health Care

Updates

Pledge on pre-existing conditions treading water

Gov. Tony Evers pledged on the campaign trail to extend protections for pre-existing conditions, saying half of Wisconsinites have some kind of pre-existing condition.

With a divided state government, that hasn't been a simple task.

Evers took a step to maintain current protections by withdrawing Wisconsin from a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act, earning a Promise Kept rating.

But Evers did not support a Republican bill on pre-existing conditions. Spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said that's because the bill didn't offer all the protections Evers sought. Evers at the time called it "political cover" for Republicans who wanted to overturn ACA.

Evers did include a notation in the budget for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance saying, "The Governor recommends that the insurance marketplace guarantee health insurance for individuals with preexisting conditions." But Baldauff did not identify any specific proposals that would accomplish that.

With no sign of progress that would "extend" protections at this point, we rate this promise Stalled.

Sources:

Email from Melissa Baldauff, spokeswoman for Gov. Tony Evers, May 22, 2019

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Assembly Republicans pass pre-existing conditions bill as Tony Evers signals skepticism, Jan. 22, 2019

Tony Evers campaign website, Healthcare, accessed May 28, 2019