Budget panel approves latest health care change

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Associated Press | January 9, 2014

MADISON — The Legislature's budget committee has approved the latest change to Wisconsin's Medicaid program sought by Gov. Scott Walker.

The Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday voted to approve the largely technical change that resulted from an agreement reached with federal health officials and Walker's administration.

The changes relate to a three-month delay Walker requested, and the Legislature approved, last month. That affected about 77,000 people just above the federal poverty line who will lose Medicaid coverage and about 83,000 childless adults will enter into the program.

Under the bill, anyone who qualifies for the BadgerCare Medicaid program could receive it through March 31 if they apply before Feb. 1.

After that, if the applicant is above the federal poverty limit, they will be directed to seek coverage through the online exchange.

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