MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on health insurance subsidies (all times local):
Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is blasting President Donald Trump's decision to end federal subsidies for health insurance plans sold to low-income people.
That decision is projected to result in premiums for average plans going up 36 percent in Wisconsin.
Baldwin said Friday that Trump is sabotaging the health care market and creating chaos. She is calling for bipartisan action in Congress to lower health care costs and fund the subsidies.
Baldwin is running for re-election next year. Two Republicans challenging her, Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
About 91 percent of people who buy insurance through the exchange in Wisconsin receive a subsidy.
Wisconsin health insurance companies assumed there would be no more subsidies for plans sold through the federal exchange, which led to a projected 36 percent increase for the average premiums.
State insurance officials announced the premium increase Thursday, just hours before President Donald Trump said he was immediately ending the federal subsidies.
Deputy Insurance Commissioner J.P. Wieske said Friday that Trump's announcement does not change the 36 percent increase projection the state made. However, he says if the subsidies remain, it could mean that policy holders would see a refund or lower costs in 2019.
Gov. Scott Walker has been an outspoken opponent of the federal health care law and refused to set up a state-run exchange. He says Wisconsin will look for flexibility under the law to cut costs.
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