MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin state Senate has passed Gov. Scott Walker's plan to delay Medicaid coverage for some while also keeping others on the program longer than anticipated.
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 18-12 along party lines Thursday to pass the bill.
The bill now heads to Walker, who is expected to sign it quickly.
The proposal delays until April the removal of an estimated 72,000 people who earn above poverty level from the state's BadgerCare Medicaid program. Walker says he wanted to give them more time to sign up for private coverage on the federal online insurance marketplace which was beset with problems when it launched in October.
To pay for keeping them on the program longer, the plan also delays extending Medicaid to 83,000 childless adults who currently don't have coverage.
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