Gov. Scott Walker says he wants a state law to guarantee people with pre-existing conditions don't lose health insurance.
He also wants Wisconsin to join Minnesota, Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska in obtaining a federal waiver to offer reinsurance. That is a move designed to lower premiums for people in the private insurance marketplace.
Walker further announced Sunday he's going to ask the federal government for a permanent waiver to continue the state's popular discount drug program for those over age 65 called SeniorCare.
State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) says Walker is only taking the steps because it's "politically convenient" to help his re-election bid.
Walker plans to ask the Legislature to support the proposals in his State of the State speech Wednesday.