EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - A recent report on Wisconsin health insurance costs is raising some eyebrows in Eau Claire.
Wisconsin Citizen Action recently said the average monthly health premium statewide is just over $714.
Milwaukee has the highest premiums in the Badger State, and Eau Claire is second at almost $762 a month – 24 percent higher than in Madison.
John Dickey of the Mayo Clinic Health System tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram it’s no surprise that Madison’s a lot cheaper – because state government employees have more buying power to get lower-cost plans.
Also, the Citizen Action report said the higher-cost plans generally offer less access to health care – but Dickey says it’s not true in Eau Claire, and he stands behind Mayo’s quality. And he said Mayo is working with Eau Claire’s Group Health Cooperative on a number of projects aimed at bringing premiums down – including wellness programs and promotion of healthy lifestyles.
Robert Kraig of Citizen Action said a lack of competition is partially why Eau Claire’s rates are so high.