The state of Wisconsin could save about 60-million dollars if it changes the way it provides health benefits for its 250-thousand employees.
The Joint Finance Committee of the Legislature is expected to decide whether to make the change this month. Benefits wouldn't be reduced for state workers, but about two percent of them would be forced to change doctors. The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans warns the change will eliminate some of the lowest-cost, highest-quality plans available. The switch would make Wisconsin's approach similar to 46 other states.