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Committee considers gov't worker self-insurance plan Friday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state committee might decide Friday whether it will keep considering the idea of a self-insured health plan for state government employees.

A panel from the Group Insurance Board plans to determine whether it will move ahead by getting more information.

About 20 other states self-insure their government employees. Those states handle their own risk for health plan losses -- and they pay benefits directly to employees instead of having a private insurer do that.

Right now, tens of thousands of state employees get their insurance from 18 HMO's throughout Wisconsin.

The state Association of Health Plans is against the change. That group says competition in the health care industry would be threatened -- provider-patient relationships could be altered -- and the economies of several communities which rely on the status quo might be hurt.

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