Walker calls for pre-existing condition guarantee

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.

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