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Budget panel advances Walker's Medicaid changes

Published On: Dec 02 2013 03:33:28 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 02 2013 07:13:00 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

The Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee has approved Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that delays kicking 72,000 people off of the state's Medicaid program.

Walker would pay for continuing that coverage through March by delaying for an equal tie expanding Medicaid coverage for 83,000 childless adults earning below the poverty level.

Walker says those losing coverage need more time to sign up for private health insurance through the online exchange.

Democrats and health care advocates who testified earlier Monday urged Republicans to not delay coverage to the childless adults. Republicans rejected a Democratic proposal to accept federal money to pay for expanded Medicaid coverage.

The budget committee voted 11-2 to pass the bill, with all Republicans and one Democrat in support and two Democrats against.