The Wisconsin Health Security Act
The Coalition for Wisconsin
(WHSA) will provide quality health care
to all Wisconsin residents - regardless of Health
their age, health condition, medical Wisconsin Health Security Act
history or employment status. Putting People First
The WHSA is a single-payer publicly Co-sponsored by
financed plan that will replace more than
700 different health plans and eliminate Senator Mark Miller, SB 51
costly red tape. The savings will help fund
coverage for the uninsured. A newly- Rep. Chuck Benedict, AB 94
established Department of Health
Planning and Finance will negotiate fair For More Information
fees for service with all providers.
Out-of-state providers will be paid Contact
reasonable rates for emergency care to WI Coalition for Wisconsin Health
residents traveling outside our state. Social Justice Center
1202 Williamson Street
Annual hospital budgets set by the Madison, WI 53703 We believe health care is a right.
Department of Health Planning and (608) 663-8322
Finance for capital budgets and purchases Our goal is a health plan that:
of major equipment will be kept separate
from their budgets for the delivery of Meetings ►Guarantees comprehensive quality
medical services. The Coalition for Wisconsin Health meets care for everyone
the third Thursday of every month
Doctors and other health care providers l to 3 PM
will remain in the private sector. The Social Justice Center
►Lets you choose your own doctor
WHSA is not “socialized medicine,” 1202 Williamson Street
where providers are employed by the Madison, WI 53703 ►Gives you a voice in your own
government. Physicians will practice on (608) 663-8322 health care decisions
fee-for-service basis or receive salaries Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
from group practices. ►Eliminates the need for costly
private insurance policies
Providers will not be allowed to bill When you are sick, your major
patients for any covered services.
Regional quality and oversight concern should be your recovery, not ►Provides cost-effective prevention
committees will help assure quality care, how you will avoid a financial crises and early intervention
access to medical services and address while paying your medical bills.
consumer complaints. Why do we need health care reform
NOW? You can be a part of the solution! • Shift federal, state and local health care
47 million Americans are uninsured. funds into the WHSA plan.
The Coalition for Wisconsin Health is promoting • Progressive income tax.
In Wisconsin during 2004-2005 a single-payer plan known as the Wisconsin
• Fair-share assessments from employers
• We had 548,000 uninsured residents Health Security Act. (Senate Bill 51 and Assembly
Bill 94). It is the only plan under consideration that based on the size of their payroll.
• 11 % were uninsured women • Negotiations with pharmaceutical
provides the cost savings of single-payer plan
• 16 % were uninsured men companies to reduce drug costs.
and the fairness of universal coverage. WE NEED
• 17 % were children under 18 YOUR SUPPORT. Contact your state senator and • Uniform benefits to eliminate the high
assembly member now and ask them to actively administrative costs of having to deal
support SB 51 and AB 94. with hundreds of different insurance
Wisconsin employers now cover 68% of plans and endless red tape.
workers but that percent is decreasing. The Wisconsin Health Security Plan • Evidence-based standards to ensure high
What will happen if . . .
will provide: quality clinical practices.
• You lose your job?
• High quality, comprehensive health
• Your employer drops your health Benefits to the consumer
care for all Wisconsin residents
• Health promotion, disease prevention,
• You can't afford to retire? • No co-payments or deductibles
and screening programs
• No premiums
How will you pay for the high costs of • Hospital care and surgical procedures
• No medical bills
health care? • Rehabilitative services for injury,
• Patient choice of primary care doctor
• 1 in 6 citizens lack health insurance disability or disease
• Coverage of all necessary medical and
80% of which come from working • Treatment at health care facilities, related services.
families. offices and clinics
• Coverage of pre-existing conditions
• Health care costs continue to escalate • Outreach and health education • No out-of-pocket expense for medications
well beyond the inflation rate. programs • Built-in efficiencies without denying
• Medical costs have become the • Comprehensive mental health care necessary care
leading cause of bankruptcy for U.S. • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation • Improved delivery of services
families and individuals. • Surgical supplies • Doctors, not administrators, will control
• Durable medical equipment patient care through best, experienced
The United States spends more on • Valves, pacemakers, prostheses etc. based medical practices.
health care than any other country, • Eye glasses & hearing aids • Freedom to change jobs, be a full-time
yet the number of uninsured • Prescription drugs parent or start your own business without
continues to climb. • Short and long term care worrying about health care coverage.
• Home health care and home-based • Consumers and employers can buy
community services insurance for non-essential, elective
The impact of the uninsured and
• Hospice care services covered by the health plan.
underinsured affects the well-being • Dental care and more
of our citizens, society and economy. • As a qualified Wisconsin resident, you
• State of the art technology cannot be dropped from the plan.
How is the program funded?