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Panel to consider state worker insurance change

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MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) - A state panel is meeting to decide whether to continue exploring the idea of creating a self-insured plan for Wisconsin state employees.

A committee of the state's Group Insurance Board planned to decide Friday whether to move ahead with getting more information about the change. Currently, state employees get their insurance from 18 health maintenance organizations.

Under a self-insurance approach, the state would carry the risk for losses and pay benefits directly to employees, instead of buying insurance from the private market.

Gov. Scott Walker says he wants to get more information about the idea before deciding whether to move ahead with it.

The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans opposes the move, saying it would threaten health care competition, provider-patient relationships and the economies of several communities.

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