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Citizen Action wants full health insurance rates from Walker administration

MADISON (WKOW) -- Citizen Action of Wisconsin filed an open records request Friday to obtain the actual rates the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance used to generate the percentage increases for health insurance it released earlier this week. 

OCI released an analysis on Tuesday stating that health insurance rates will increase by as much as 125 percent under the new federal insurance exchange set up under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.  But that analysis did not include the rates OCI used to calculate those increases.

"We know OCI has the information we are requesting because it is not possible to calculate percentage rate changes except by using actual rates in effect now and the rates filed by insurers participating in the new competitive marketplace," said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.  "It would have been much more helpful to Wisconsin health care consumers if OCI had simply released the actual rates in the first place, rather than trying to spin partial data to fit their ideological agenda."

OCI Deputy Secretary Dan Schwartzer told 27 News on Tuesday that the data used is proprietary and would not be readily understood by the general public.


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