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Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a bill over Democratic objections that will affect health insurance coverage for more than 175,000 people.

The bill passed Wednesday was proposed by Gov. Scott Walker. He and Republican backers say it's needed because of problems people have had trying to enroll for private insurance through the federally run online marketplace.

The proposal would delay kicking 72,000 people off of the state's BadgerCare Plus Medicaid program for three months.

To pay for that extension, 83,000 childless adults who earn below the poverty line will have to wait three more months before they get Medicaid coverage.

The measure also allows about 20,000 people in a high risk insurance pool to keep their plans.

The bill passed on a 64-32 vote.

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