Baldwin praises Walker's tweak to Medicaid date

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin says she's pleased by Gov. Scott Walker's decision to postpone the date when poor residents will lose Medicaid coverage.

The state Legislature passed a bill Tuesday that Walker had requested. Some 77,000 residents just about the federal poverty level were scheduled to lose Medicaid coverage this month, but the bill allows them to keep coverage through March 31 if they apply before Feb. 1.

The Republican governor says the delay gives them more time to sign up for private insurance through the federal health insurance exchange.

Baldwin, a Democrat, said Thursday she's pleased with Walker's decision. She says Walker hasn't taken Wisconsin down the strongest health care path, but she's glad he's making sure the 77,000 low-income residents can transition into the insurance exchanges.

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