Duffy: HIRSP extension helps most vulnerable people

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) announced on Wednesday that the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services has decided to extend the Federal Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan through March 31.

HIRSP provides health policies to those who are unable to attain adequate coverage because of pre-existing conditions and those who have lost group health plans administered through an employer due to the Affordable Care Act.

Duffy and a bipartisan group of legislators from Wisconsin lobbied Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius to extend the program in December.

“This was absolutely the right thing to do,” Duffy said. “Some of our poorest and most medically vulnerable Americans will now have the ability to plan for their care in a way that the 30 day, ad-hoc, extensions did not allow. I am glad my colleagues and I could do our part to bring this issue to the attention of the secretary and grateful that the extension was offered.”

The healthcare law, Duffy added, has had unforeseen consequences on millions of Americans that need to be addressed.

“…Until we can fully repeal and replace it, we must continue to pursue efforts, like this extension, to make it bearable for those who must live under it,” Duffy said.