Health & Science
2:39 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Wisconsin Approves First Batch of Health Insurers for Federal Exchange

The Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner's office has okayed the participation of 13 insurance companies in the new federal marketplace. Now they need federal approval.

Starting in October, individuals and small businesses will be able to sign up for health insurance coverage from companies taking part in the marketplace or exchange.

The Wisconsin commissioner's office has not released information about the rates or coverage plans the interested companies are offering.

The 13 providers the state would allow to sell plans to individuals:

- Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative

- Compcare Health Services Insurance Corp.

- Dean Health Plan, Inc.

- Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin

- Gunderson Health Plan, Inc.

- Health Tradition Health Plan

- Medica Health Plans of Wisconsin

- Mercycare HMO, Inc.

- Molina Healthcare of Wisconsin, Inc.

- Physicians Plus Insurance Corp.

- Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc.

- Unity Health Plans Insurance Corp.

- WPS Health Plan, Inc.

They all still need federal approval and a signed contract, before they will be listed on the exchange. Under the new federal law, people can begin enrolling in October, with coverage beginning in January.

Also Tuesday, the Wisconsin commissioner's office released a list of nine providers it has approved, to sell plans to small businesses:

- Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative

- Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin

- Gundersen Health Plan, Inc.

- Health Tradition Health Plan

- Medica Insurance Company

- Mercycare HMO

- Mercycare Insurance Company

- Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc.

- WPS Health Plan, Inc.

They, also, must now undergo federal review.