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Eric Litke
By Eric Litke May 28, 2019

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.

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