Wisconsin leaders still grappling with effect of health bill

Wisconsin health care leaders and policy makers are still grappling with trying to understand implications of the fast-moving House Republican health care overhaul bill.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has been working since last week on its own breakdown of what the proposal would mean to the state and the 242,000 people who currently purchase federally subsidized private insurance through the marketplace.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services spokeswoman Julie Lund said Tuesday that report which has not been made public was still being finalized.

Walker told reporters on Monday he believed the bill was “moving in the right direction” by improving benefits for older people.

Several analyses have shown that reductions in federal subsidies will force Wisconsin residents buying private insurance to pay more under the GOP plan.