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State Senate approves delay for Badgercare Plus change

In November, more than 77,000 people received letters informing then they were losing their coverage and another 20,000 in the high risk pool would be without insurance as well come January 1st.
MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) - State senators have passed a bill that delays changes to the states Badgercare Plus program.

State Senators debated this afternoon on whether to pass a bill that would extend Badgercare Plus and HIRSP coverage for people losing their insurance.

In November, more than 77,000 people received letters informing then they were losing their coverage and another 20,000 in the high risk pool would be without insurance as well come January 1st.

But by extending their coverage, 80,000 Wisconsinites would not be eligible to sign up for Medicaid until April 1st.

That's something Democratic senators want to see happen.

Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay says if the state accepts that federal aid than this wouldn't be an issue.

 "There are going to be a lot of people hurting in our state because of what's going on today," Hansen says, "but more importantly their failure is causing turmoil in the lives of 83,000 people."

But Republicans like Green Bay Senator Rob Cowles worry accepting that money comes with a stipulation and a high risk.

"Changes have to be made to ultimately balance the federal budget just like we almost balanced ours in recent years," Cowles says. "So that means there's going to be some pain so can they say that Medicaid could never be touched?"

From the senate it then heads to Governor Walkers desk.

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