The Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP) was created in 1979 for Wisconsin residents.
HIRSP offers health insurance to Wisconsin residents who either are unable to find adequate health insurance coverage in the private market due to their medical conditions or who have lost their employer-sponsored group health insurance.
Important Notice about the HIRSP Sunset
On November 14th, both President Obama and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced proposed changes to healthcare policy. President Obama’s announcement has NO IMPACT on HIRSP and its members; however, Governor Walker’s announcement may.
The Governor is proposing legislation that would allow HIRSP to extend coverage to the majority of its members for an additional 90 days, until March 31, 2014. This measure must still pass a special session of the legislature. The extension is intended to give extra time to members who are having difficulty securing new coverage in the online Marketplace.
HIRSP has prepared an important FAQ about the Governor’s proposal. Click here to read it.
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The mission of the HIRSP Authority is to provide access to high quality, affordable healthcare for all eligible Wisconsin residents.
To support its mission, the Authority adopts the following guiding principles:
- Work collaboratively with our providers, members and insurers to maximize efficiency and cost effectiveness.
- Incorporate disease and care management principles and evidence based treatment guidelines in our plan design for the benefit of our members.
- Ensure that all Wisconsin residents eligible for HIRSP have timely access to accurate application information.
- Treat members with respect and provide excellent customer service to all HIRSP stakeholders.
- Provide an active voice in health care reform discussions and initiatives that could impact the Authority and/or its members.
National Association of State Comprehensive Health Plans (NASCHIP)
Learn about educational opportunities and information for state high risk health insurance pools that have been, or are yet to be, established by state governments to serve the medically "uninsurable" population. Visit the website for the National Association of State Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans.