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Group Insurance Board meets to discuss plan to ditch HMO health coverage for state workers

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - No decision has been made yet on whether state employees will lose their HMO health coverage, in favor of a system that's self-insured by the government. 

Governor Scott Walker said today that the Group Insurance Board continues to study the idea -- and its final recommendation might not be made until early next year. 

Walker met with health insurance officials Tuesday.  He said more information is needed to see if it makes sense to create a self-insured health package. 

The board is scheduled to meet a week from Friday to talk about seeking proposals from insurers interested in administering a self-funded plan. 

Wisconsin now contracts with 18 private HMO's around the state, insuring 236,000 public state workers. 

At least 20 states have their own self-insured plan -- which is designed to save money over other private arrangements.