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Medicaid expansion would cover 120k Wisconsinites

Medicaid expansion would cover 120k Wisconsinites
Posted July 2nd, 2014 @ 9:56am by Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ President Barack Obama is stepping up pressure on states that have refused to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, including Wisconsin.

The White House Council of Economic Advisers has released a report saying expansion here would mean health coverage for an additional 120,000 people in 2016. The report goes on to say expansion would lead to 11,200 new jobs by 2017 and result in nearly $2.6 billion in additional federal spending in the state.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has rejected any federal money to expand Medicaid and restricted coverage to those whose earnings are at or below the poverty level. He has expanded coverage to childless adults who had been on a waiting list, however.

Walker's spokeswoman didn't immediately return an email message seeking comment.

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