Republicans blame federal government for delay
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin state Assembly is debating a proposal that affects health insurance coverage of more than 150,000 Medicaid recipients. Gov. Scott Walker is proposing to give 72,000 BadgerCare Plus Medicaid recipients living above the poverty line an extra three months to receive the coverage before they are removed from the program. Assembly Republican leaders said Wednesday that the extra time, until April, is needed because of problems with the federal health insurance online exchange. To pay for keeping that coverage in place for three months, Walker is also calling for delaying a start in Medicaid coverage for 83,000 childless adults. They were slated to start being covered in January, but that would be pushed back to April in the bill the Assembly is to vote on Wednesday.
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