Gov. Walker explains self-insurance plan

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Published: Mar. 19, 2017 at 9:45 PM CDT
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A plan to save the state millions of dollars and self-insure its employees is being met with some push back.

Governor Scott Walker introduced the self-insurance plan as part of his two-year budget. Under the plan, Walker said the state would operate as its own health insurer for about 250,000 state workers and their families. That's opposed to the state buying insurance through 17 health maintenance organizations.

"We believe conservatively $60 M and that's money I committed a year ago, more than a year ago, would go entirely into public education," said Gov. Walker.

However, some lawmakers have concerns. Last week, Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steinke said the legislature's budget committee will likely kill the self-insurance proposal, if it doesn't pass the budget committee. Walker said he hopes lawmakers find a different way to increase K-12 funding.