Walker expects his Medicaid proposal will pass

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker expects his plan to reject federally funded Medicaid expansion will win approval from the Legislature's budget committee.

Walker is proposing tightening income eligibility for the program to move more people near the poverty line into private insurance. That plan drew criticism from Democrats and even one Republican on the GOP-controlled committee.

Republican Sen. Luther Olsen asked Walker's head of the Department of Health Services why the state would turn down federal money.

Olsen also says he's heard concerns that people kicked out of Medicaid won't purchase the private insurance and will turn to hospitals for free care.

But Walker says he's not worried that other Republicans share Olsen's concerns. And the Republican governor says he believes Olsen would ultimately vote for a budget that rejects Medicaid expansion.


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