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Cost of Walker's Medicaid Plan Increases

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The cost of Gov. Scott Walker's plan to reject federally funded Medicaid expansion and instead tighten income eligibility for the program has gone up.

A new estimate from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says the cost of Walker's proposal is $73.5 million more than when he released it in February.

Of that, $52 million is directly related to the changes Walker is proposing.
The total additional funding Walker had provided in his budget was about $664 million. The new cost is projected to be $734 million over two years.

Walker's Medicaid plan is the centerpiece of his health care proposals.

The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee has yet to vote on the plan. It is expected to take action on in within the next three weeks.


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