Gov. Walker aide promises minimal insurance changes

Gov. Walker aide promises minimal insurance changes

Gov. Scott Walker’s top aide won’t promise that every state employee will be able to keep their current doctor under a switch to a self-insurance model.

Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel was asked about the self-insurance move Tuesday during a briefing before the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. Neitzel says he expects minimal disruption to current health insurance plans and only a small percentage would have to change doctors.

Both Republicans and Democrats on the committee are questioning the self-insurance switch and whether it would save the $60 million as Walker projects.

Under self-insurance, the state would manage health insurance for about 250,000 workers rather than having employees purchase it through HMOs.

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