NEW INFORMATION: Democrat says he'll work with GOP on Medicaid deal

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach says he will be talking with Republican lawmakers about accepting a federally funded Medicaid expansion that ends after a certain period of time.

Erpenbach discussed the possible deal Tuesday at a health care conference.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has proposed rejecting the Medicaid expansion in his state budget, which is subject to approval by the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Erpenbach says he knows of Republicans in the state Senate who have a difficult time with Walker's plan, which would result in turning away an estimated $4.4 billion in federal funding to expand Medicaid for 175,000 adults.

Erpenbach and other Democratic lawmakers on a panel at the conference criticized Walker's plan and say it is motivated by politics, not what makes sense for the state.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The outgoing secretary of the state Department of Health Services is scheduled to give an update on Wisconsin's plan for changing Medicaid eligibility and how the state will interact with a federally operated health insurance marketplace known as an exchange.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith is scheduled to give the update Tuesday at the HealthWatch Wisconsin conference. The speech comes after Smith's surprise announcement Friday that he was resigning his post to take a job with a Washington, D.C., law firm.

Wisconsin legislators working on health-related issues are also scheduled to speak at the conference.

Gov. Scott Walker has declined to have the state run the exchange and he has also rejected a federally funded expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law.


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