State Assembly, Senate Approve Medicaid Changes

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The Wisconsin Senate and Assembly have passed a bill in a lame-duck session to enact a Medicaid work requirement.

The Assembly approved the bill 59-32 just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, after the Senate approved it on a party-line vote late Tuesday night. The bill will be the first of the extraordinary session to head to Governor Scott Walker’s desk.

The bill is part of a package of proposals being sought by Republicans before Gov. Scott Walker leaves office in five weeks.

It would prevent incoming Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers from withdrawing a federal waiver request to implement the work requirement for able-bodied adults under age 50.

The proposal makes a host of other changes to Medicaid that more than two dozen health care providers, insurers and hospitals warned could have unintended consequences.

The bill also requires new legislative oversight of waiver requests related to health care made by the governor, a move Democrats decried as a power shift designed to handcuff the new administration.

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