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Plan would extend health coverage for some in WisconsinSubmitted: 11/20/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Nearly 100,000 people in Wisconsin could see their health coverage extended.

The Wisconsin Assembly will take up bills next month that could provide another three months of insurance.

Governor Scott Walker toughened Medicaid eligibility in the state budget.

That forced 77-thousand people off the rolls as of January 1st.

The state's high-risk insurance pool also is scheduled to disappear on January 1st.

That would leave another 20-thousand people without coverage.

Walker said those people could find insurance through the new federal online exchange.

But the exchange has been fraught with problems.

Walker called a special legislative session last week so lawmakers can pass bills extending coverage for the two groups through the end of March.

The Assembly will take up the bills the week of December 4th.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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