UPDATE - 12/19/13

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.



MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee has approved Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that delays kicking 72,000 people off of the state's Medicaid program.

Walker would pay for continuing that coverage through March by delaying for an equal tie expanding Medicaid coverage for 83,000 childless adults earning below the poverty level.

Walker says those losing coverage need more time to sign up for private health insurance through the online exchange.

Democrats and health care advocates who testified earlier Monday urged Republicans to not delay coverage to the childless adults. Republicans rejected a Democratic proposal to accept federal money to pay for expanded Medicaid coverage.

The budget committee voted 11-2 to pass the bill, with all Republicans and one Democrat in support and two Democrats against.